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Whalefish Fundraiser: Sea Lion Mass Stranding Crisis in California.

4 Apr 2015


Through Whalefish we have been posting regular updates on our social media recently about the Unusual Mortality Event (UME) of Sea lions that is currently hitting the Californian coastline. In response to this I am personally heading over to assist my colleagues at the Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) in May with their rescue and rehabilitation efforts.


The California stranding network has responded to over 1600 animals over the past 3 months and many of the centres are over capacity with sick animals. Donations are urgently required to help pay for fish and medical supplies.


All funds raised will go direct to CIMWI!


Thank you in advance for your consideration


Niru Neil Dorrian  

Marine Mammal Biologist & Co-Founding Director - Whalefish



About the Cause: 


Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute(CIMWI)is dedicated to making a difference through marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation, research and education to promote ocean and human health.


CIMWI (pronounced "sim-wee") is a part of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program under the direction of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. CIMWI is the only authorized organization to respond to and rehabilitate pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) for Ventura County.


CIMWI is currently faced with challenges that are crippling their efforts to fulfill the basic mission of our grassroots nonprofit organization - to make a difference through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation. Starving and sick California sea lion pups are stranding in unprecedented numbers along the California coast.  The situation is reaching crisis proportions and it is a very challenging time for CIMWI financially and for our volunteers. 



Fish costs $1.00 (£00.67) per pound including transportation to CIMWI.  Sea lion pups spend an average of 75 days in rehabilitation with CIMWI. On average, sea lion pups eat 5 pounds of fish a day once they are stabilize and are on the health track to recovery. Fish cost to rehabilitate 1 sea lion pup is $375(£252).





A special 'THANK YOU' to for sponsoring our project by supplying essential Veterinary Medical Supplies. 




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