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Malnourished sea lion pups rescued near north jetty at Oceanside Harbor

Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Issue 11, Volume 17.
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OCEANSIDE - Three malnourished sea lion pups were rescued near the north jetty at Oceanside Harbor and at Buccaneer Beach in South Oceanside today by Oceanside Police Harbor Patrol, then taken to Sea World for rehabilitation. Seal lion pups were recovered from rocks near Oceanside Pier about 9:20 a.m.

"This time of year seal moms and pups are separating, and the pups are looking for food and can't find it and come up on the rocks," said Oceanside Police Sgt. Ignacio Lopez. "We had two pups on the rocks who couldn't find their way."

Lopez said Harbor Patrol and lifeguards were called in to scoop up the baby sea lions and take them to Oceanside Pier lifeguard headquarters.

A SeaWorld rescue crew was called in to pick them up.

Lifeguards said food for sea lions and other marine mammals is scarce this time of year and malnourished animals are turning up more frequently along county beaches.



Comment Profile ImageMom of lots
Comment #1 | Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm
I can't believe this made news.
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Comment Profile ImageRedneck Bill
Comment #2 | Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm
So I spent my working life on ships at sea. I love and respect the ocean and all her creatures.

Having said that, it's pretty clear we've intervened in the natural process that thins the herd. The nonsense of allowing the seals to calf on the beach at the children's pool in La Jolla and elsewhere is detremental to the seals. Have you seen the obstructions boaters put on the docks and the sterns of their vessels in Oceanside to deter seals? The seals are out of control.

Perhaps it's harsh, as natural selection is, but I would allow the weaker seal pups to go to heaven right off as God intended, to strengthen the remaining gene pool.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #3 | Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 9:21 am
As big of a softie as I am, and I am a BIG softie, I have to agree with Redneck. Although it would be an extremely hard decision to make. I'm glad I don't have to make it. God bless all the rescuers.
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Comment #4 | Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm
Perhaps, your mothers, Pink and Redneck Bill, should have left you to fend for yourself as children as well. All in the name of Survival of the Fittest.

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