Rare Guadalupe Fur Seals in Crisis

Date: 2015-06-11 18:05From: The Marine Mammal Center
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Rare Guadalupe Fur Seals in Crisis

California sea lions aren’t the only pinnipeds in crisis this year. So far in 2015, The Marine Mammal Center has rescued 27 Guadalupe fur seals–more than five times the record yearly rate we’ve had in our 40 years.

At first you might think these numbers pale in comparison to the more than 1,100 California sea lions we’ve rescued during this same time period, but when you consider their total population count, the influx of Guadalupe fur seals is just as distressing, if not more so.

That’s because there are only about 10,000 Guadalupe fur seals left–they are currently listed
as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

As our veterinary experts work to care for these emaciated fur seal pups, our researchers are using this unusual stranding occurrence to learn as much as they can about this rare species.



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