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More sea lions wash up sick on OC beaches

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

April 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Marine rescuers are finding more and more sick sea lions.

More than a dozen of the mammals had washed ashore in the South Bay earlier this month.

Rescuers are now finding them on Orange County beaches too.

Marine biologists say the sea lions are getting sick after feeding on shellfish poisoned by a natural toxin found in algae.

At least 40 sea lions and 17 dolphins have been poisoned this month.