14 JANUARY 1998. CHILE: MARINE MAMMALS (SEALION MORTALITY)

Valparaiso: Air temperature: 15-25°C, Water temperature: 17°C, At the end of December 1997 on the central coast of Chile (33° Lat S) an unusual number of young South American sea lions (Otaria byronia) of 1 and 2 years of age are approaching human beings in search of food, especially in fishing coves. All these animals arrive with clear symptoms of malnutrition. At this time, exist attempts of feeding three sea lions at the Institute of Oceanology, University of ValparaÌso and at least another 8 at the Natural History Museum of San Antonio.--Rolando Bernal <rbernal@uv.cl>