Based on the recent reports, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues fourteen chlorine poisoned sea lions, after carrying through difficult relief maneuvers on the Laguna Beach region of the Pacific Coast. The intervention was necessary as the mammals were severely sickened in April during the chlorine contamination of one of the pools at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
The present year debuted with many rescuing missions for sea lion experts. Numerous mammals have stranded as a result of the increase water pollution. Events culminated with the recent chlorine contamination of one of the pools within the Pacific Marine Mammal Center causing more than 14 sea lions to seek refuge on the Laguna Beach region.
The stranded mammals had been poisoned; thus, biologists have been carrying out salvation activities ever since in an attempt to restore the mammals’ health conditions. The objective was accomplished on Tuesday afternoon when the 14 victims were safely restored to the cold and fresh water of the Pacific Ocean. The moment was captured by numerous photographers and publicly acclaimed by scientists and local inhabitants, alike.
Keith Matassa of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center was the most relieved to see the sea lions return to the ocean. She told the press that the entire center was hoping for a full recovery of the mammals and were desperately waiting for the closure moment.
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is worldwide known for the rescuing activities they have been carrying out since its first years of activity. According to their official declarations, the poisoned sea lions had been brought to their facilities in order to be treated of previous injuries. The mammals were just two days ahead of their release, when the pools of the marine center have been sabotaged.
Researchers claim someone has sneaked into the pool and spilled excessive amounts of chlorine into the water. The 17 sea lions suffered corneal ulcerations and had to be kept in special pools for their condition to be restored. Authorities are now investigating the incident to identify the person who is responsible for the sickening of the sea lions.
In spite of the recent problems, researcher at the unit are satisfied that they have succeeded in saving the mammals. They are now working to find new measures to prevent other sea lion stranding in the future.
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