Thursday, 25 January 2018

California sea lion population rebounded to new highs

Sea lion numbers reflect conditions in California Current through the decades

Date:  January 17, 2018
Source:  NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

California sea lions have fully rebounded under the protection of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, with their population on the West Coast reaching carrying capacity in 2008 before unusually warm ocean conditions reduced their numbers, according to the first comprehensive population assessment of the species.

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