Algae May Be To Blame For Memory Loss In Sea Lions
Researchers suspect a toxic algae is poisoning sea lions and damaging their spatial memory.By Katie Link | December 15, 2015
Thousands of sea lions have turned up on West Coast beaches in bad condition this year. And it looks like poisonous algae might be driving them there.
As of June, more than 3,000 sea lion pups have been stranded on the California coast. A group of researchers took note and studied some of these animals. They found that long-term exposure to domoic acid is causing brain damage to the hippocampus — the area that stores memories. (Video via NBC)
"All right, Dory, let's go over this one more time, we know your memory is not the best," Marlin said in "Finding Nemo."