Missing SF Sea Lions Appear in Oregon
They went north for better fishing, scientists now say
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 10:34 PM CST
Sea lions lounge on the rocks off Pacific Ocean waters near Florence, Ore.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The mystery of San Francisco’s vanishing sea lions looks to have been solved: They went north for the winter, to Oregon. When the stench off Pier 39 disappeared last month, scientists floated any number of theories—even, the BBC reports, that the beasts cleared out ahead of impending earthquake—but it seems the fishing is better, and that was enough to move the masses.