While humans need to social distance because of the coronavirus, sea lions need us to social distance from them for their health, too. Monterey Bay has seen an increase in sea lions suffering from domoic acid poisoning, which sometimes leads them to be found on beaches. Please don’t try to help them, and harassing marine mammals is illegal. This poisoning can cause lethargy, disorientation, seizures and death, so please call @themarinemammalcenter 24-hour rescue hotline at 415-289-SEAL if you see one stranded or in distress. Thank you!
Photo credit @can_i_eatthis (Bryan Jay)