WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF EL NINO ON PINNIPEDS?
Contents: THE AFFECT OF EL NINO ON PINNIPEDS
How are pinnipeds affected by changes in the food chain?
How does El Niño affect different species of pinnipeds?
What is a stranded mammal?
What can be discovered by analysis of the stranding data?
What is involved in the rehabilitation process?
What dilemmas to the stranding network are posed by a severe El Niño?
Glossary of Terms
NOTE: This commentary is based on conditions found off the Southern California coast and for the marine community that exists there. Effects may vary for different geographic areas.
Director, Center for Marine Studies at Fort MacArthur, Los Angeles Unified School District
Wildlife Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service
Director, Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur
Keith A. Matassa
Operations Manager, Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur
Robin Riggs, Hugh T. Ryono, and Pam Ryono