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2008-10-24 09:43:18

An increased number of sea lions have the bacterial infection this year The Marine Mammal Center is seeing a large number of leptospirosis cases in California sea lions this year and is leading a study to determine when and why the sea lions contract this disease. Every four to five years, the Center sees a surge in the number of sea lions admitted as a result of this bacterial infection that affects the kidneys and can be lethal for patients. The current research will focus on the factors...

2008-08-15 03:00:18

By Anonymous Scientists recently reported that an increase of epileptic seizures and behavioral abnormalities in California sea lions could be the result of low-dose exposure to the algal toxin domoic acid as a fetus. The findings, by Frances Gulland of the California Marine Mammal Center, showed this brain disturbance to be a newly recognized chronic disease. John Ramsdell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research...

2008-08-06 21:00:05

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FERNDALE, Wash. - No one wants to be stuck with a large, uninvited visitor. Especially a sea lion that makes itself at home on a family sailboat - twice. Lynnea Flarry and her family were picnicking Sunday on Clark Island when her daughter-in-law spotted a sea lion aboard the family's 31-foot boat. The animal had apparently taken advantage of a ladder on the stern of the boat. Flarry's son and grandchildren took a dingy out to the boat to try to coax the animal...

2008-08-06 00:00:20

By Cat Sieh, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Aug. 5--A California Sea Lion that hauled itself onto a Ferndale family's boat off Clark Island Sunday, Aug. 3, is likely suffering the poisoning effects of a toxin found in algae, marine mammal rescuers say. The sea lion, a 2- or 3-year-old female, has shown unusual and erratic behavior, a red flag for domoic acid poisoning, said Amy Traxler, coordinator at the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Friday Harbor. Domoic acid is a...

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2008-08-04 09:10:00

Numerous porpoise deaths in Northern California have confused researchers.  According to scientists, the month of August may see more of the dead mammals wash onto beaches. Nearly 24 dead porpoises have appeared on California beaches since May. A majority of the cases have been diagnosed as asphyxiation, trauma, pneumonia, malnutrition, and maternal separation, but eight of the deaths remain unexplained. "This is the time period every year where we do see porpoises and dolphins washed...

2008-08-02 03:00:16

By Julia Scott, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Aug. 2--A large number of dead harbor porpoises have been washing up on beaches in San Mateo County and elsewhere in the Bay Area this summer, and marine mammal experts are at a loss to explain what could be killing them. A total of 24 harbor porpoises -- 12 males, 9 females, and three still in utero -- have been discovered by beachcombers since early June, according to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. More carcasses are likely to show...

2008-07-19 12:00:28

By Shelby Martin, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 19--San Tomas, the sea lion who was rescued from a Santa Clara aqueduct, has taken a turn for the worse and will be euthanized. "Her health is just deteriorating," Jim Oswald, spokesman for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said Friday. The center had thought San Tomas was doing well enough to be released into the ocean today. But following an examination by a specialist, Oswald said the sea lion will probably be euthanized in...

2008-07-19 00:00:22

By Shelby Martin, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 18--San Tomas, the sea lion who was rescued from a Santa Clara aqueduct, has taken a turn for the worse and will be euthanized. "Her health is just deteriorating," Jim Oswald, spokesman for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said this afternoon. The center had thought San Tomas was doing well enough to be released into the ocean Saturday. But following an examination by a specialist, Oswald said the sea lion will probably be...

2008-07-09 21:00:15

A wayward sea lion is recovering at a California marine center after the animal spent 10 days stranded in a concrete channel near an expressway, rescuers say. The sea lion was deemed San Tomas because of the expressway near the shallow channel in Santa Clara, Calif., where she was trapped for 10 days, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported Wednesday. The sea lion was rescued Monday and is settling in at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., the newspaper said. Rescuers...

2008-07-09 12:00:24

By Shelby Martin, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 9--The errant sea lion rescued from a Santa Clara aqueduct Monday is now safe and sound at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. The sea lion, dubbed "San Tomas" after the expressway near where she was found, spent more than 10 days in a shallow concrete-lined channel near a group of industrial parks on Scott Boulevard. When San Tomas arrived at her new pen, she first exchanged glances with a sea lion in a neighboring tank, and...


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