A week ago, a seal lion pup wandered into a fancy California restaurant.
It was an adorable story of a wayward pup at The Marine Room in La Jolla, California.
But it turns out the pup, nicknamed Marina, wasn’t looking for hot brunch spot; she was looking for help.
When sea lions can’t find food, they’re forced to make their way to the shore to prevent from drowning. Sadly, on shore, there’s not exactly a huge supply of food awaiting them, either.
Over the past few years, an inexplicably high number of malnourished sea lions have been washing up on California’s shores, and nobody really knows what to do.
If we want a long-term solution, we need to address climate change.
If you’ve been looking for a reason to care about climbing temperatures, how about for the well-being of the adorable sea lions?
Marina’s story had a happy ending, but there are thousands of other sea lions still in need. Here’s hoping they get help.
The poor little pup was starving. Luckily, Marine Room manager Matt Caponi and employees were quick to get the 8-month-old the help she needed, calling a SeaWorld rescue team. The sea lion has been given some food, shelter, and is expected to make a full recovery.