Changing habitat

Our Storyteller in Residence, wildlife photographer, writer, and expedition leader Henley Spiers, is currently in Mexico's Baja California Sur to research his second SiR story on the charismatic California sea lions. Here, he explores how a warming ocean affects the mammals.

Words and photographs by Henley Spiers

“The sea lion population in the Gulf of California declined by 65% between 1991 and 2019 from about 44,000 animals to just 15,000,” says Henley, our Storyteller in Residence in his latest video diary. One of the main culprits behind this stark decline: A warming ocean.

As part of his assignment, Henley has spent the past few weeks in Mexico’s Baja California to find out more about the local sea lion populations and how they are faring with the effects of climate change. In his latest Despatches from the Field video, he shares how he seeks to document the changes in the ecosystem these sea lions call home for his next Storyteller in Residence feature.

Watch his latest video diary from Baja California here:


For more Despatches, images and more, follow our 2023 Storyteller in Residence’s journey here or over on Instagram

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