People aren't sure why, but they're trying to help the pups. It may have to do with warming ocean temperatures, that are causing the moms to go further out to sea to find food. It might be connected to El Nino. There have been sea lion epidemics in the past, but this one is far worse.
One thing I've noticed as we've been working more with Kids News articles is this: Kids don't have a sense that the government is in place to promote and maintain the public good. I've done a pretty cruddy job with our state standards regarding government. The National Ocean Policy Plan might be a good thing to talk about today. There are some great ideas in the plan, but I'm wondering if the plan is really being put into place.