Peter Wallerstein realized something was seriously wrong when a sea lion pup turned up seven miles inland at a cellphone store in California.
Malnourished sea lion pups recover at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, California on April 9, 2013. Sickly emaciated sea lion pups have been turning up on California's coastline in unusually high numbers since January -- with live strandings nearly three times higher than the historical average.
The number of the starving animals stranded along the southern California coastline has been rising since January, but usually they were just found on beaches. Now they were everywhere. And there were hundreds of them.