Oiled Wildlife Care Network

Effects of Oil on Sea Lions and Seals

Seals and sea lions rely on a thick layer of blubber to keep warm. So unlike sea otters and fur seals, oil won't cause them to lose waterproofing and get cold. However, oil can cause burns and irritation to their skin.

photo: oiled elephant sealThey may ingest oil while grooming or eating prey with oil on or in it, which can cause damage to their organs.

To learn more about how oil affects marine mammals, please go to the OWCN's page on oiled wildlife

To learn more about sea lions and seals, please visit The Marine Mammal Center's web page on pinnipeds.

photo: oiled California sea lion

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