~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 978.468.0073 "I must confess, I could use some rest. I can't run at this pace very long............ It's really quite insane, I think it hurts my brain." Jimmy Buffett ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sat, 17 Jan 98 13:13:00 GMT From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Sea lions in Peru Sea lions in Peru By The Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The number of sea lions on Peru's coast has dropped sharply due to El Nino, which has reduced the food supply and caused many sea lions to starve, Peru's Ocean Institute said Friday. Milena Arias, the institute's scientific director, said 11,000 sea lions were found on Peru's coast in December, down from 25,000 a year before. The bodies of 50 sea lions have been found in the past three days on the beaches of the San Juan nature reserve near Ica, 160 miles southeast of Lima, biologists say. El Nino is a periodic warming of waters off Peru's coast that changes weather patterns around the world. It devastates Peru's lucrative fishing industry, as schools of anchovies and other cold water fish flee the warm water. Sea lions live mainly on anchovies, Arias said.