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Why are sea lion pups crowding California’s shores?

In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, a record number of sea lion pups have washed up on shore in Southern California. Some scientists think the warming waters and shortage of fish are forcing mothers to search longer for food, and marine mammal centers taking care of the hungry pups are nearing capacity.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And now to our NewsHour Shares of the day, something that caught our eye that might be of interest to you too.

    A record number of sea lion pups have washed up ashore in Southern California this year, starving and abandoned. It's not clear why, but some scientists think warming waters and a shortage of fish is forcing their mothers to search longer for food. Animal rescue teams are bringing the hungry pups to Marine Mammal Centers, which are nearing capacity.

    David Bard, coordinator of one such center in San Pedro, explains:

  • DAVID BARD, Marine Mammal Care Center:

    We're doing everything we can to work with the rescue agencies and bring in as many patients as we can. The fact of the matter is, this year, because of the inordinate numbers, we're not going to be able to save every single animal on the beach.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    So far this season, more than a thousand sea lions have come ashore with more expected every day.

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