Alaskan Sea Otters and Toxic Algae Blooms: Researching Marine Predator-Prey Interactions
To the best of our knowledge, marine mammals rarely die from ingesting the algal toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in humans, even though the animals appear to be physiologically just as susceptible to the toxins as we are. How do marine mammals, such as sea otters, detect and avoid the toxins which seasonally accumulate in their prey?
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Biological And Life Sciences
Journal of Young Investigators