- Preliminary test results indicate the deaths of more
than 65 dolphins in the Panhandle may have been caused by biotoxin released
by naturally occurring algae.
- Jane Whaley, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, said domoic acid had
been found in water samples.
- Domoic acid has been blamed for several marine mammal
deaths on the West Coast, she said.
- [An excellent review of domoic acid in mammals can be
found in "Mammal,
- bird die-off, domoic acid - USA (CA) (02) 20020708.4702."
- Domoic acid is a neurotoxic tricarboxylic amino acid
structurally related to kainic and glutamic acids. It was chemically identified
after its isolation in 1958 from the seaweed _Chondria armata_, found off
the coast of Japan. In 1987, more than 100 people became ill and several
people died following the consumption of blue mussels caught off Prince
Edward Island, Canada. Canadian scientists found that domoic acid had entered
the food chain when the mussels fed on a toxic algal bloom of the pennate
diatom _Pseudonitzschia pungens_ forma multiseries. - Mod.TG]
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD Please visit my "Emerging
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