- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police say an accident - not a crime - caused pool contamination that injured 17 sea lions at a Southern California wildlife center.

Laguna Beach police announced Thursday that a worker at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center over-chlorinated the pool but wasn’t aware of the problem.

Employees arrived on April 28th to find sea lions with swollen eyes. The animals recovered and were released back into the ocean.

Detectives looked into possible sabotage or vandalism, collecting fingerprints, water samples and DNA evidence.

But police now believe there was no criminal intent and are closing their investigation.

Wildlife center officials say they’re concerned about the results of the probe and are reviewing the report.


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