(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Baby sea lions are washing up on California beaches... starving.

FOX News Radio's Jessica Rosenthal reports:

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Starving baby sea lions are washing up on shores in California. Justin Viezbicke with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration says some come on shore every year, but not in these kinds of numbers.

(Viezbicke) "We've taken in over 1,600. Over 1,600 have come into our facilities since January."

They say it's warmer water - due to an El Nino pattern, but also climate change.

(Viezbicke) "I mean, it looks like this warmer water has basically pushed the prey or the food that sea lion mothers will eat and that prey being further away is actually, you know, it puts the pups in a situation that they're not getting enough from the moms over time."

He says their facilities try to rescue the babies. It often takes four to six weeks to rehab them before they can be released.

Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.

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