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January 2, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO LOST SEA LIONS FOUND IN OREGON

UPDATE


BBC - Scientists in the US believe they may have solved the riddle of San Francisco's vanishing sea lions.


The Californian city's famous colony of sea lions all but disappeared over the past month, baffling experts.


But now large numbers of the animals have been spotted further north, off the coast of Oregon.


Scientists say the animals have probably migrated in search of food during the winter, although in unusually high numbers.

BBC- The famous sea lions of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf have disappeared after 20 years - leaving experts baffled as to why.

Last month, Pier 39 groaned under the weight of some 1,500 of the animals.

But now all but a few have swum off bringing to an end a two-decade long sojourn - and one of the world's smelliest tourist attractions.

The first bull sea lions arrived in late 1989, but the animals began to depart in November.

Officials hope the departure is only temporary - as a 20th anniversary party had been planned for 15 January.

The director of public relations for Pier 39, Sue Muzzin, told The Times newspaper: "With animals, you never know. If they are not back on January 15, we'll party with the ones who are here."

It may be a small party, as only 20 or so animals are left.

Marine experts suspect that the animals originally came to Fisherman's Wharf chasing their favorite food - sardines and anchovies.

And they suspect that is why they have gone.

"Most likely, they left chasing a food source," said Jeff Boehm, the executive director of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito

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