PHOTOS: California's Starving Sea Lion Crisis

Warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean seem to be causing hundreds of sickly sea lions to wash ashore.

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A sea lion pup sits in a crate in the backseat of a truck after being rescued, washed ashore at the beach in March 2015 in Laguna Beach, Calif. Weighing only a third of what it should, the pup was euthanized at a rescue center.
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Brennan Slavik carries a crate to rescue a sea lion pup washed ashore at the beach. Rescue centers have taken in about 800 sickly sea lion pups who have washed up along California’s coast but are stretched thin by the demand.
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Kirsten Sedlick, left, and Brennan Slavik prepare to tube-feed a just-rescued sea lion pup.
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A just-rescued sea lion peers from a child's playpen at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in early March 2015, in Laguna Beach, Calif.
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Asheley Simpson sticks a piece of tape labeled with the name of a just-rescued sea lion pup on a board at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
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A rescued sea lion recuperates in a holding pen a rescue center in Laguna Beach, California.
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FILE - In this March 2, 2015 file photo, from left, Kirsten Sedlick, Daniel Connor, Ashley Cook and Brennan Slavik tube-feed the rescued sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif. Starving sea lion pups continue to wash up on California beaches, apparently the victims of Pacific coastal waters that are 2 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average.
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Volunteer Brennan Slavik rescues a sea lion pup washed ashore at Laguna Beach, Calif. Since January, more than 1,100 starving and sickly sea lion pups have washed up along California’s coast.
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Rescued sea lion rests in an outdoor holding pen at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
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Brennan Slavik carries a just-rescued sea lion pup into a holding pen after feeding it. Rescue centers are stretched thin by the demand.
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Rescued sea lion pups rest in a holding pen at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center at Laguna Beach. California.
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A volunteer feeds fish to rescued sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif.
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A rescued sea lion sits in a holding pen at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif. Pacific coastal waters are causing starving sea lion pups to wash up on California beaches.
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