SeaWorld San Diego announced earlier this week that it to temporarily suspend its “Sea Lions LIVE” live sea lion and otter show for during slightest a subsequent dual weeks in sequence to rush to a assist of stranded sea lion pups adult and down a coast.
The park has high hopes that the six additional animal specialists can dedicate itself to the rescue and rehab of the stranded pups and will make a difference in saving lives and hopefully returning these marine animals to their natural habitat. Working closely with the sea lions, SeaWorld released a statement that through the experts on hand, it can provide additional benefits from their highly specialized experience.
According to Sea World, so far in 2015 Sea World San Diego has assisted in the rescue of more than 400 sea lions. That figure is already double the number of rescues the park averages in an entire year. To help house the large number of rescued sea lions, the park currently constructing a pair of temporary pools .
Several of the pups rescued in 2015 have been in unfortunate, malnourished conditions. Some were extremely emaciated, weighing around only 20 pounds. A typical sea lion pup usually weighs anywhere from 50 to 60 pounds. The exhausted young animals have been washing ashore and struggling to stay alive all along the coast.
Wildlife conservationists are currently investigating why the alarming increase in stranded sea lion pups washing up on the coast have risen so dramatically over the last few months. The established theory is that ocean conditions have caused sea lion mothers, who are usually rather attentive caregivers, to depart far to look for food for their offspring, possibly falling victim themselves to predators or exhaustion.
Other speculations include the higher temperature causes fish to swim deeper into cooler water and out of the reach of the juvenile sea lions; another final assumption is that the burgeoning sea lion population – estimated to be around 300,000 along the California coast – may be too much for the local ecology to withstand and has resulted in a competition for food.