Jun 2, 2015 1:22 PM by News Staff
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Fourteen of 17 sea lions injured by chlorine contamination at a rehab center have been returned to the ocean off Southern California.
KTTV reports a crowd of spectators cheered as the mammals were released into the waves Tuesday morning at Laguna Beach.
Police believe someone put chlorine in the water filtration system April 27 at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, which works to rescue, rehabilitate and release sea lions. Authorities are still searching for suspects
The chlorine got into one of the facility's saltwater pools and sea lions from that area had swollen eyes.
The remaining three need further nursing before they can head back to their natural habitat.
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