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Starving Sea Lion Pup Goes to Restaurant

Upscale San Diego restaurant called SeaWorld rescuers

(Newser) - It was too early for the gooseberry glazed barramundi or the Faroe Islands heritage salmon, but some good meals are still in store for a starving sea lion pup that found its way into one of San Diego's fanciest seafood restaurants. The eight-month-old female was taken to SeaWorld's... More »

Oregon's Fake Orca Goes Belly-Up

Solution to Astoria's sea-lion problem doesn't go as planned

(Newser) - An effort to use a fake, life-sized orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast ended, at least temporarily, with the fiberglass creature belly-up after it was swamped by a passing ship. Still, Jim Knight of the Port of Astoria says the sea lions... More »

As Last Resort, Community Gets Fake Killer Whale

Oregon port has serious sea-lion problem

(Newser) - An Oregon community is bringing in some unusual help to try to fix their sea lion problem. They're hoping a fake killer whale from Bellingham, Wash., will do the trick. Terry Buzzard of Island Mariner Cruises has used the life-size mock orca to promote his business during parades and... More »

Cops Have Warning for 4 Who Swiped Sea Lion Pup

Sure, they're cute, but they bite hard

(Newser) - Sea lion pups might look cute, but they bite 10 times harder than dogs with mouths that are the dirtiest among mammals—meaning four people who snatched one from a Los Angeles beach early yesterday could be in for a world of hurt, an animal rescue expert says. A witness... More »

500 Dead Sea Lions Wash Up on Beach

Suspected causes include disease, plastic ingestion, poisoning

(Newser) - It could be pollution, a fatal illness, or even intentional poisoning by local fishermen. But while the cause may still be disputed, the fact that 500 dead sea lions ended up on a Peruvian beach is not. Both young and old sea lions were found rotting on Anconcillo beach about... More »

PETA Slams Kim Kardashian on Dolphin Swim

Animal rights group blasts star for violating captive creatures' personal space

(Newser) - Some people believe Kim Kardashian is a menace to the thinking public, but PETA has stronger words for the reality-TV star: The animal rights group is calling her downright "dangerous" and "intrusive" to animals after Kim K posted an Instagram video of her cruising around on captive dolphins... More »

Serious Problem in the Ocean: Sardine Crash

Predators, fishermen suffering as a result

(Newser) - The West Coast sardine population was down 72% since 2006 per a fall assessment—the worst crash since the mid-20th century, and one with far-reaching implications, particularly since the steep decline is expected to continue. One of those implications: Ocean predators that depend on sardines may be starving, the Los ... More »

Sea Lion Bites Couple Off of Venice Beach

Lifeguards call it a first

(Newser) - A sea lion bit a pair of swimmers in Venice Beach last night, in what lifeguards say may be the first case of such an event occurring in the area. KTLA reports that a woman was bit on the leg around 6:30pm; her husband came to her aid, only... More »

Baby Sea Lion Goes Up on the Roof

California man hears noises, finds visitor on 2nd-floor deck

(Newser) - A California man who heard noises outside his apartment investigated and found himself nose-to-snout with a baby sea lion—on his two-story building's roof deck. "I think, maybe this guy can be my friend?" blogged Mike Kai . "Maybe he can live in my bathtub like the 1994 classic... More »

Sea Lions, Seal Shot Dead Near Seattle

5 animals killed is unusually large number: officials

(Newser) - A harbor seal and at least four sea lions, including one listed as endangered, have been shot to death recently near Seattle, authorities said today. A National Marine Fisheries Service spokesman said an investigation was under way because it's illegal in most cases to shoot any kind of sea lion... More »

Orcas Storm Beach to Grab Seals

Killer whales surf ashore for dinner

(Newser) - Innovative killer whales are breaching a beach in Argentina to grab seals and sea lions in the first such behavior ever witnessed. A pair of orcas particularly adept at the brazen strategy, nicknamed Mel and Maga by observing National Geographic scientists, have been spotted repeatedly riding the waves to shore,... More »

Missing SF Sea Lions Appear in Oregon

They went north for better fishing, scientists now say

(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—... More »

SF Pier's Sea Lions Suddenly Vanish

El Niño may be a factor, but biologists mystified

(Newser) - The sea lions that are among the more authentic attractions on San Francisco’s touristy Pier 39 have suddenly, and inexplicably, disappeared. The beasts showed up at the wooden docks alongside the pier unexpectedly 20 years ago, and in winter as many as 300 would lie around, attracting crowds. But... More »

Sea Lion Saved on Highway

(Newser) - Cops near San Francisco made an unusual rescue today on a local expressway: They saved a wandering sea lion, the Chronicle reports. After a brief chase, they corralled the 30-pound confused critter, probably only about a year old. The sea lion, named Moody in honor of a fallen officer, is... More »

$5K Reward for Sea Lion Killer

(Newser) - An animal rescue group in California is offering a $5,000 reward to catch whoever is shooting sea lions along the Los Angeles coast. Four of the animals have been shot since the start of the year, the LA Times reports. Fisherman occasionally kill the creatures to keep them away... More »

Sea Lion Found at Oakland Airport

He 'looked confused,' says manager

(Newser) - A sea lion found wandering near a runway at Oakland International airport was taken yesterday to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The six-foot male, nicknamed "Saps" by wildlike workers, didn't appear to be sick or injured. "He seemed kind of lost and it... More »

Fishermen Shoot Sea Lions in Battle Over Salmon

Feds suspend trapping as they investigate killings

(Newser) - Six  federally protected sea lions were shot to death along the Columbia River in Washington yesterday as they lay in traps set to move them to another region, AP reports. Three elephant seals were killed the previous day in California. All were apparently the victims of a battle between fishermen... More »

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