May 7, 2013 11:20 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sea World officials say they've rehabilitated nine sea lion pups who suffered from malnutrition and returned them to the sea.
The pups were released at a San Diego-area beach Tuesday after many of them doubled their weight during their five- to nine-week recovery.
Sea World spokesman Booker Crenshaw says there are 130 more pups currently being rehabilitated at the theme park.
This year, more than 1,300 emaciated sea lions have been found stranded on beaches from San Diego to Santa Barbara, and treated at various facilities in the state.
Scientists are trying to figure out why the pups are washing up on shore in record numbers.
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