Rocky Flores, a rescued elephant seal at Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., was rescued from the beach and named in honor of the family that helped carry him up scores of stairs in Laguna Beach. Sea lion strandings are already high, and have been for a couple years. The expectation is that this number will increase with El Nino. (Ana Venegas/Orange County Register/TNS)
Rocky Flores, a rescued elephant seal at Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., was rescued from the beach and named in honor of the family that helped carry him up scores of stairs in Laguna Beach. Sea lion strandings are already high, and have been for a couple years. The expectation is that this number will increase with El Nino. (Ana Venegas/Orange County Register/TNS) ANA VENEGAS TNS
Rocky Flores, a rescued elephant seal at Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., was rescued from the beach and named in honor of the family that helped carry him up scores of stairs in Laguna Beach. Sea lion strandings are already high, and have been for a couple years. The expectation is that this number will increase with El Nino. (Ana Venegas/Orange County Register/TNS) ANA VENEGAS TNS

Sea lion pups washing ashore because ocean can't support them

January 13, 2016 2:19 PM