Laguna Beach sea lions recover from chlorine poisoning

As a large crowd looks on, the first group of sea lions recently injured in the chlorine attack at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center run down the beach as they are released at Main Beach in Laguna Beach, Calif., Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The chlorine got into one of the facility's saltwater pools and sea lions from that area had swollen eyes. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

LAGUNA BEACH (KRON) — 14 sea lions who were poisoned by chlorine contamination at a rehab center have been returned to the sea off of the Orange County coast.

Sea lions recently injured in the chlorine attack at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center run down the beach as they are released at Main Beach in Laguna Beach, Calif., Tuesday June 2, 2015. The chlorine got into one of the facility's saltwater pools and sea lions from that area had swollen eyes. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)
Sea lions recently injured in the chlorine attack at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center run down the beach as they are released at Main Beach in Laguna Beach, Calif., Tuesday June 2, 2015. The chlorine got into one of the facility’s saltwater pools and sea lions from that area had swollen eyes. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

Mary Beth Steen of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center says that the sea lions were sent off with a round of applause from cheering spectators as they took off into the waves Tuesday morning.

Police think that somebody put chlorine in the water filtration system at the Laguna Beach center on April 27. They are still searching for suspects, and are offering a $2,500 reward in this case.

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center works to rescue, rehabilitate and release sea lions.

Kirsten Sedlick, Daniel Connor, Ashley Cook, Brennan Slavik
From left, Kirsten Sedlick, Daniel Connor, Ashley Cook and Brennan Slavik tube-feed the rescued sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Monday, March 2, 2015, in Laguna Beach, Calif. Since January, more than 1,100 starving and sickly sea lion pups have washed up along California’s coast. Rescue centers have taken in about 800 but are stretched thin by the demand. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

When the chlorine got into one of the facility’s saltwater pools, 14 sea lions from that area had swollen eyes.

Steen says that the remaining three sea lions still need more care before they can go back out to sea.

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