Population of Australia’s only unique seal has fallen by 60%, study finds

Population of Australia’s only unique seal has fallen by 60%, study finds

The Guardian

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Chemicals, rising sea levels and fishing practices possible causes for decline in number of endangered Australian sea lions

The population of Australia’s only unique seal has fallen by more than 60% in just four decades, with experts worried about the fate of the species, according to a study of the number pups born at breeding sites.

The number of Australian sea lion pups is now at just 2,739 across 80 known breeding sites off the coasts of South Australia and Western Australia, according to the research.

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