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It Wasn't Some Jerk Who Poisoned Sea Lions With Chlorine, After All

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For months, police had been searching for a person who may have intentionally contaminated a pool at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach with chlorine, causing more than a dozen sea lions to become sick. The mystery has been solved, and authorities have announced that it was all just an accident caused by an employee.

In the Laguna Beach Police Department's investigation, they interviewed many witnesses and people who worked at the facility, which rescues, rehabilitates and then releases sea lions, according to KTLA. Through their questioning, they realized that whoever was responsible for the incident that took place in April would have had to know a lot about the facility's filtration system. That's when they discovered an employee had accidentally over-chlorinated the pool, and wasn't even aware of the mistake.

Initially, employees believed that an intruder got past the fence at the mammal center and dumped chlorine into one of their pools.

"This unfortunate incident lead to an exhaustive investigation, but in the end, we are pleased to report that all seventeen sea lions have recovered from their injuries," the police said in a statement.

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Last month, most of the sea lions were released back into the ocean after they recovered from the chlorine poisoning. The chlorine had given the sea lions corneal ulcerations.