Beach Advisory: Local Sea Lions Are Facing an Epidemic

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And you thought flu season was bad. Nearly 90 sick animals are currently being cared for by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach following the recent discoveries of large number of severely malnourished and dehydrated sea lion pups and other mammals stranded on local beaches.  Last Saturday, 12 animals were rescued by the organization—a 42-year record, according to executive director Keith Matassa.

ABC News reports marine mammal experts believe there could be a number of reasons why so many seal lion pups are sick, including food shortages and environmental factors.

Want to help? The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is calling for financial assistance and donations of Pedialyte. Any amount of money—and flavor—should do.

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