The organization Marine Animal Rescue reports that " ... the rescues of sea lion pups in very fragile physical conditions are continuing to increase" on the shores of L.A. area beaches this month. KCAL9/CBS2 reported Friday that some of the rescues have happened on Dockweiler State Beach near LAX.
It's not clear why the animals are coming ashore. This week in Newport Beach surfer Mike Kai said he found a pup thumping around on his rooftop deck at sunrise. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach took the pup in and named him Fiddler, as in Fiddler On The Roof, according to the Associated Press. Staff members said the animal was underweight.
Marine Animal Rescue reports that it rescued an unusual number of elephant seals (51) and seal lions (13) in March as well. "Now we're seeing more very weak sea lion pups strandings than we are seeing elephant seal pups washing up on the beach in need of help," the group states on its Facebook page.