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SeaWorld seeing increase in sick sea lions

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - SeaWorld's rescue team is seeing a higher-than-normal number of beached California sea lions this year.

In a normal year, the facility treats about 150 sea lions, but the team has already seen 60 sick and malnourished pups since January 1. Experts believe the sea lions' normal food sources are moving out into deeper waters.

The pups will spend about two months being rehabilitated at Sea World, then they'll be released back into the wild.

"When we return them to the wild we definitely want to set them up for success. We want to return them where they'd be found naturally along our coastline and where we know there's a good source of food for these animals," Jody Westberg of SeaWorld said.

During the rehabilitation, the sea lions are fed live fish to encourage their hunting skills.

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