Latest Domoic acid Stories

2008-07-09 21:00:15

A wayward sea lion is recovering at a California marine center after the animal spent 10 days stranded in a concrete channel near an expressway, rescuers say. The sea lion was deemed San Tomas because of the expressway near the shallow channel in Santa Clara, Calif., where she was trapped for 10 days, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported Wednesday. The sea lion was rescued Monday and is settling in at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., the newspaper said. Rescuers...

2008-07-09 12:00:24

By Shelby Martin, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 9--The errant sea lion rescued from a Santa Clara aqueduct Monday is now safe and sound at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. The sea lion, dubbed "San Tomas" after the expressway near where she was found, spent more than 10 days in a shallow concrete-lined channel near a group of industrial parks on Scott Boulevard. When San Tomas arrived at her new pen, she first exchanged glances with a sea lion in a neighboring tank, and...

2006-06-24 19:30:55

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four pelicans suspected of being drunk on sea algae were being tested at a Southern California wildlife center on Saturday after one of them crashed headlong into a car. Three of the California brown pelicans were found wandering dazed in the streets of Laguna Beach after another pelican struck a vehicle's windshield on a nearby coast road. It suffered internal injuries and a long gash in its pouch and was undergoing toxicology tests. Officials at the...

2005-09-06 16:28:09

Durham, N.C.  - Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that the naturally occurring marine toxin domoic acid can cause subtle but lasting cognitive damage in rats exposed to the chemical before birth. Humans can become poisoned by the potentially lethal, algal toxin after eating contaminated shellfish. The researchers saw behavioral effects of the toxin in animals after prenatal exposure to domoic acid levels below those generally deemed safe for adults, said Edward...

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