NBC News, March 16, 2013: Along Southern California’s pristine coastline, ailing sea lions are turning up in record numbers. “We have a lot of little pups this year,” said veterinarian Lauren Palmer […] Usually, around this time of year, there might be a dozen sick sea lions in San Pedro, said David Bard, operations director for the San Pedro Marine Mammal Care Center. But so far, the care center has taken in nearly 200 and counting. Last week alone, there were 50 new cases. […] Last week, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach declared their organization in a “state of emergency” as it continues to see an onslaught of California sea lion pups in need of medical attention.
CBS Los Angeles, March 12, 2013: Marine Mammal Center Declares State Of Emergency For Sea Lion Pups […] “It’s absolutely in crisis mode in our center, there are currently 88 marine mammals being treated there,” said head of development Melissa Sciacca […] Sciacca also says that most of the sea lion pups are coming ashore severely malnourished and dehydrated, and that the problem has reached “epidemic proportions” along the Orange County coast.
NBC 7 San Diego, March 12, 2013: “We don’t know what the problem is now,” said Susan Chivers, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service. […] Chivers said marine mammal experts are beginning to discuss the problem and gather data to try and better understand why the pups are dying. […] “There’s something going on oceanographically that there’s not sufficient food available for the moms to nurse their pups or the pups, as they’re starting to eat on their own, to find,” said Chivers.
Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, March 11, 2013: Center: Surge of sea lions leads to state of emergency […] The Pacific Marine Mammal Center declared a state of emergency Monday due to the influx of malnourished and dehydrated sea lion pups coming ashore on Orange County beaches. The facility on Laguna Canyon Road – the only marine mammal care center for Orange County – admitted 18 sea lions Saturday and Sunday. Twelve came in on Saturday, the largest single-day total in the center’s 42-year history, according to a press release. […] The [Marine Mammal Care Center at] Fort MacArthur center is the one facility for all of Los Angeles County and is experiencing a similar surge in admitted sea lion pups. The center has taken in more than 280 animals since the beginning of the year, said director David Bard.
NBC News: “There is apparently a good supply of things like squid and sardines, and the fish that these animals normally eat.” -Expert
Over 12,000 dead pigs fished out in China
Chinese workers have fished more than 12,000 dead pigs out of a main waterway in the cities of Shanghai and Jiaxing over the week, in a scandal that has spotlighted China’s troubles with food safety, according to officials.
The South China Morning Post newspaper quoted government sources as saying on Sunday that nearly 9,000 swine carcasses were found in a river in Shanghai, and 3,600 others in Jiaxing, with the search continuing in both cities.
Authorities have also found traces of a common pig virus in some of the animals floating in the Huangpu River this week.
“Shanghai’s animal control authority found porcine circovirus, a common disease among hogs that was not known to infect humans, in 13 of 20 samples of internal organs taken from dead pigs retrieved from the Huangpu,” the newspaper quoted Ministry of Agricultural as saying.
The swine effluent discovered flowing down the Huangpu river – which supplies a fifth of the commercial hub’s drinking water – has added the country’s most popular meat to a growing list of food items rocked by scandal. Authorities also said that after intensified checks they have not found any substandard pork products on the market and were closely monitoring water quality