Natural exposure to domoic acid causes behavioral perseveration in Wild Sea lions: Neural underpinnings and diagnostic application.

@article{Cook2016NaturalET,
  title={Natural exposure to domoic acid causes behavioral perseveration in Wild Sea lions: Neural underpinnings and diagnostic application.},
  author={Peter F Cook and Colleen Reichmuth and Andrew A. Rouse and Sophie E. Dennison and Bill Van Bonn and Frances M. D. Gulland},
  journal={Neurotoxicology and teratology},
  year={2016},
  volume={57},
  pages={
          95-105
        }
}
Domoic acid is a naturally occurring algal toxin that causes neurological symptoms and mortality in exposed marine life. California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) are the most visible victims, and suffer epilepsy and progressive hippocampal atrophy. Despite its reliable neurological effects, little is known about how exposure to domoic acid alters behavior, which is critical for understanding the impact of toxic exposure on long-term survival in sea lions and other exposed animals… CONTINUE READING