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Marine Mammal Center sees uptick in emaciated seal pups

SAUSALITO — The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito is reporting a higher-than-usual number of emaciated elephant seal pups.

The center is currently treating 70 of the elephant seals, up from 40 last year. Biologists, however, are not sure what is responsible for the uptick.

Elephant seals give birth to 60-pound babies. The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bit.ly/I27bvi) that the young seals should be about 300 pounds when they leave beaches and get into the water on their own two months later.

The Mammal Center has received dozens of calls this spring about stranded pups, many of which have been found to be underweight.

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Information from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com


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