Stranded Sea Lions Rescued In Southern California

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Peter Wallerstein of Marine Animal Rescue and his dog Pumpkin head... News PhotoAnimal,California,City Of Los Angeles,Distraught,Dog,Horizontal,Human Interest,Pumpkin,Sea Lion,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesLOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Peter Wallerstein of Marine Animal Rescue and his dog Pumpkin head out on a sea lion distress call on April 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Wallerstein and his sea mammal rescue operation have saved over 330 sea lion pups in the past three months. All along the California coast, sea lions have been getting stranded in great numbers since January for reasons unknown. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration estimates that in the first three months of 2013, more than 900 malnourished sea lions have been rescued in the region compared to 100 during the same time period one year ago. Officials have declared an 'unusual mortality event' for the California sea lion, a designation that prompts immediate federal response. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)