Report shows California sea lions dying from organs falling out of place, tumors, accumulation of pus inside bodies (PHOTO)

Published: September 6th, 2014 at 8:20 pm ET
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Marine mammal deaths reported by The Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, Calif) since June 2014 (domoic acid-related deaths excluded):

  • (12) Abscess: Collection of¬†pus… in the tissue of the body
  • (1) Carcinoma: Cancer that begins… when altered or damaged DNA occurs to such an extent that the cells become transformed, and begin to exhibit abnormal malignant properties.
  • (1) Cardiomyopathy: “Heart muscle disease”… deterioration… of the… heart muscle… usually leading to heart failure
  • (1) Coccidioidomycosis: Fungal disease… Serious complications may occur in patients with weakened immune systems
  • (2) Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation: Blood clots [that can] lead to multiple organ damage… clotting is disrupted and severe bleeding can occur
  • (7) Neoplasia: Commonly referred to as a tumor… A malignant neoplasm is a cancer
  • (6) Otostrongylus: Lungworms… in lungs or heart of seals
  • (3) Peritonitis: Inflammation of… tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen… may result from infection (often due to rupture of a hollow organ)
  • (4) Pneumonia: Inflammatory condition of the lung
  • (6) Prolapse: Latin for “to fall out” — Organs, such as the uterus, fall down or slip out of place… organs protruding through the vagina or the rectum
  • (3) Pyothorax: Accumulation of pus in the pleural cavity
  • (2) Renal Failure: Kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood
  • (5) Septicemia: Potentially fatal whole-body inflammation caused by severe infection

See also: CBS San Francisco: Record number of sick seals & sea lions -- Doctor: A lot with "large pockets of green and yellow puss all over their body" (PHOTO & VIDEOS)

And: Alarm as record numbers of seals & sea lions 'starving to death' along California coast -- "It’s just spiked... calls started coming nonstop" -- "So many unhealthy... washing ashore" -- "Extremely complex issue... multitude of factors in play" -- "Definitely a mystery, we're hoping it's not the new norm"

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