Massive squid strandings may be linked to red tide toxin

12/17/2012 |

Researchers struggling to explain why Humboldt squid strand themselves on central California beaches by the thousands noted that the strandings correspond with outbreaks of red tide and suspect that low levels of the toxin domoic acid disorient the animals. The toxin binds to glutamate receptors in the brain, and humans who ingest contaminated shellfish can suffer memory loss.

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