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Baby sea lions abandoned along Sonoma Coast beaches

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Baby sea lions abandoned along Sonoma Coast beaches

As we were picking up marine debris on Salmon Creek.Beach last week, we found a baby sea lion. He was a 2014 model. We aern't supposed to have infants in our water. He is part of a mass stranding that is going on. Thousands of starving babies have been abandonded by their mothers who can't find enough to eat.

The Marine Mammal Center is rescuing hundreds and they are going through an incredible amount of human-caught fish. These animals have never eaten fish, they are supposed to still be suckeling, so they have to be tube fed pureed fish. 
The Marine Mammal Center survives on donations. Sally and I are asking all of you to donate to the Marine Mammal Center now. Go on ine or give them a call 1-415-289-seal. We owe it to these babies.
We are the ones who are destroying their world. We are in the process of loosing ANOTHER ENTIRE GENERATION...we cant let this happen. The sea lion is the apex preditor along our coast; great whites and orka are occasional - sea lions are a constant, and they are in trouble. 

This is the first year ever recorded that our waters reached 26'c. without an El Niño. Never before has one weather occurance or disaster been directly related to our warming of the atmosphere until now. In May of 2009 we lost all of the babies born in 2008, then we started losing two-year olds, over a dozen a day every day for 3 months.

Over the last 2 years we have had minor die-offs. This can't keep up. We need to change our ways. Someone has to say stop eating ocean fish caught in our water and change how and where we get our energy from.

We are killing our ocean...we are killing our planet.

Submitted by Keary and Sally Sorenson 
Volunteer coordinators for marine debris Sonoma Coast State Park.

The Marine Mammal Center's rescue range extends along 600 miles of central and northern California coastline from San Luis Obispo through Mendocino counties.

To facilitate our mission of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals, we have field offices located in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Mendocino counties. We rely heavily on volunteers living in each part of our range to assess stranded animals, rescue them if necessary, provide triage and emergency care, and transport the animals using a relay system to our full-service veterinary hospital in Sausalito. At our hospital, other volunteers work in partnership with veterinary staff to rehabilitate the animals. All volunteers are welcome to participate in releases.
Contact Information:

The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965
24-Hour Rescue Hotline: 415.289.SEAL (main dispatch)
Fax: 415.289.7333 (main hospital fax)
E-mail: ABO@tmmc.org

To Volunteer:
Volunteers are always needed for animal assessment, rescue, triage, and transport. Training is provided. A minimum commitment of two hours per month on an "on-call" basis is required. Prospective volunteers should be aware that rescues for ABO and FBO are occasional, and there may be long periods of inactivity.

To volunteer, contact the Stranding department at 415.289.7350. For more information, contact ABO@tmmc.org.

Other Marine Mammal Stranding Contacts in California

A number of other organizations have responsibility for marine mammals stranded in areas to the north and south of our 600-mile range. NOAA Fisheries, West Coast Region, has published a useful map of California showing the respective ranges of each of these organizations. The map, in PDF format, can be downloaded here:

Marine Mammal Stranding Network Map-California, Live Stranded Marine Mammals