At least that was our take this morning when word came out the 6 seals died of...heat exhaustion, not gun shot wounds as was reported earlier.
Why does this matter? Politics. Water politics, salmon politics, resource politics, and the grandaddy of them all the news media.
So here it is, until someone else says something different, which in this very unlikely case of 6 dead seals-is likely to be the case:
Heat killed 6 sea lions trapped at Bonneville Dam
On Wednesday, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service said the sea lions had died of heat prostration. Officials say more conclusive results should be available in another 10 days, once tissue sample studies are completed.
The investigation into the deceased sea lions remains open.