67 sick Sea Lions washed ashore in California, 'no muscle, no fat, just skin and bones'.This year is shaping up to be a brutal one for the California sea lion — the third year in a row for record numbers of sea lion strandings in the state. Sick, abandoned pups have shown up in alarming numbers on beaches in January. “Their growth is stunted,” said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif. “They’re basically starved to death — no muscle, no fat, just skin and bones.” But pups aren’t the only ones in trouble. California marine mammal rehabilitation centers this month have treated record numbers of sea lions of all ages.  “We’ve had 67 strandings of sea lions of all different ages,” said Johnson, whose center would normally see one, maybe two, sea lions in the entire month of January. “The whole population is getting hit hard.” “It’s a real shock to us,” he added. The story’s much the same in Southern California. “It’s shaping up to be a very, very bad year as far as rehabilitation,” said David Bard, operations director at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. There were 75 animals at the center as of the end of January. Like its sister center in Sausalito, the facility was seeing a wider age range of sea lions in January, as well as a greater cross-section of species. The San Pedro center has seen “double the numbers we saw in the middle of January 2013” — the year of an Unusual Mortality Event. The National Marine Fisheries Service declared the UME in 2013 – a phenomenon characterized by an unexpected number of strandings and significant die-off of a marine mammal population. More