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Children's LiteratureThe Pacific Coast, or the states of California, Oregon and Washington are home to many wonderful and diverse animals. Some that are not found everywhere in the United States are the marine mammals. California sea lions are marine mammals and spend most of their time in the ocean. They use flippers for swimming and walking on land. Whales are another kind of marine mammal that is found along the Pacific Coast. The whales migrate from the Bering Sea to Baja California each year. Puffins are birds that inhabitant of the Pacific Coast. They have a large red and yellow bill. Puffins only come on land to breed, spending all of the rest of their lives on the water. They are very good at swimming but not always very good at flying. Another bird with a unique bill is the pelican. Its bill has a large pouch attached for storing the fish it catches. It can hold up to three times what it can eat at one time. Although many animals are endangered, the California condor has been brought back from a population of nine known birds to over two hundred today. This series, "Regional Wild America," is well illustrated with photographs. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 6 to 10.