By the time Christ was finished, two more reports of sea lions in distress were already awaiting her response. Sea lions and dolphins get sick because squids, sardines and other small fish they prey on pick up the deadly neurotoxin. Ruth Dover, the managing director of Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute, said cases ramped up early in June. (Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute) A deceased California sea lion; A dolphin washed ashore; California sea lions showing symptoms of domoic acid poisoning. (Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute)It’s currently unclear whether the bloom will spread to the Bay Area.