Sea Lions: After China, Comes Humanized Mother Nature

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•LC-DIG-pga-01358 (digital file from original print) LC-USZ62-60259 (b&w film copy neg.) Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

• LC-DIG-pga-01358 (digital file from original print) LC-USZ62-60259 (b&w film copy neg.) Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

 

Well…it seems that the sea lions that at one time were  hunted into near extinction for their coats, valuable commodities that 19th century China traded or paid troves of silver may now be a victim of climate warming. My prior blog review of  When America First Met China  talks abut the early history of harvesting sea lions for their pelts.

Sea lions at Pier 39, San Francisco, California: (digital file from original) highsm 11906 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.11906; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Taken Between 1980 and 2006; Sea lions at Pier 39, San Francisco, California: (digital file from original) highsm 11906 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.11906; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

 

California, in particular the Southern coast line, has found itself to be the temporary home of these adorable creatures, over a thousand of which had washed up on California beaches.

 

Click here for the New York Times article.

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