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Algal bloom poisoning sea lions, other animals along Calif. coast

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., has rescued 40 adult female sea lions sick from exposure to the neurotoxin domoic acid since April 4 amid a larger-than-usual algal bloom, and 26 of the animals have died. Marine mammals are exposed when consuming fish such as sardines and anchovies, and pregnant females are particularly vulnerable because of how much they eat, but other species including birds and shellfish are also suffering.

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