“Unprecedented” numbers of dead and sick sea lions wash up on famous California beaches

A seal on a beach in California.

A sea lion on a beach near the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, California. Photo: Los Angeles Unified School District Hundreds of sea lions and dolphins are washing up dead or sick on California beaches from an offshore toxic algae bloom, officials warn. Drive the news: The Marine Mammal Care Center, which serves … Read more

California kangaroo rat sighted after missing for decades

Matt Sharp Chaney holds a Santa Cruz kangaroo rat.  Sharp Chaney is a wildlife biologist at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in California.

Researchers have finally found a tiny animal they’ve been looking for for years in a California nature reserve. The Santa Cruz kangaroo rat has been documented at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, California, and researchers now believe they’ve found some at the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve as well. Genetic tests have yet … Read more