Galapagos sea lions move to Peru

This video is called Galapagos Sea Lion Pups at Play.

From the BBC today:

Galapagos sea lions head for warm Peru waters

By Dan Collyns
BBC News, Lima

A colony of sea lions endemic to the Galapagos Islands have moved 1,500km away, a Peru-based organisation which monitors the aquatic mammals has said.

The Organisation for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals says the sea lions have swum to northern Peru because of rising temperatures.

They says the temperature rise was caused by climate change.

Experts say it is the first time that Galapagos sea lions have set up a colony outside the islands.

The monitors say the water temperature in Piura, off the coast of northern Peru, has risen from 17C to 23C over the last 10 years.

The temperature is much closer to the sea temperature around the Galapagos Islands, which averages about 25C.

Now that the conditions of the sea around northern Peru are so similar to the Galapagos, they say, even more sea lions and other new marine species could start arriving.

Like so many native species in the Galapagos Islands, the sea lions are unique to the archipelago, located about 600 miles west of continental Ecuador.

Ever since the English naturalist, Charles Darwin, first visited the islands more than 150 years ago, they have become known as a living museum of evolution.

Now, thanks to global warming, that unique ecosystem could face unprecedented changes.

From Larvatus Prodeo blog in Australia:

Global warming: good for seals, bad for skiers

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver could be affected by a shortage of the most essential winter sports ingredient as a result of the warmest January on record.

However, the sea lions of the Galapagos Islands aren’t complaining. They’ve extended their range to northern Peru for the first time.

Galapagos Fur Seals Gain Foothold In Warming Peru: here.

In a flurry of interviews in recent days, the scientist at the heart of the “climategate” affair has broken a 12-week silence about the controversy that followed the publication of emails stolen from the University of East Anglia‘s Climatic Research Unit: here.

Tensions as Galapagos Islands seek sustainable growth: here.

In the first couple of years after birth, sea lion sons seem to be more reliant on their mothers—consuming more milk and sticking closer to home—than sea lion daughters are, according to a study on Galápagos sea lions published in the December issue of the journal Animal Behaviour: here.

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