MALIBU—Known as a waterfront locale rich with beautiful scenery and wildlife, a number of sea lions have turned-up dead on local beaches.
On Sunday, February 22, nearly 10 sea lions were found washed-up on the shoreline. According to a MyFoxLA report, a number of local families have stumbled upon large groups of dead or dying sea lions.
Members of the California Wildlife Center have been able to rescue a number of the sea lions and their pups, however, many of the creatures were discovered beyond cure.
The exact cause of their death is currently under investigation. Experts have speculated that abnormally warm water temperatures may have had an impact upon the sea lion’s food sources, including sardines, anchovies, and other small fish species.
Any Malibu residents or visitors who spot sea lions or any other local wildlife in distress may call the California Wildlife Center emergency hotline at: (310) 458-9453