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Two dolphins in Newport Beach die of domoic acid poisoning

April 18, 2011 |  5:13 pm

Two dead dolphins, the apparent victims of domoic acid poisoning, have washed up on the shores of Newport Beach.

Mike Teauge, an animal control officer in Newport Beach, told the Orange County Register that dead dolphins have also washed ashore in Los Angeles County.

On Sunday, an adult dolphin washed ashore at 15th Street in Newport Beach. Another washed up later near 61st street, the Register reported.

Domoic acid is a powerful neurotoxin that has been blamed in the deaths of a number of sea lions, fish and other marine life in recent years.

Last month, large numbers of sardines died in King Harbor in Redondo Beach. The dead fish tested positive for domoic acid, which may have distressed them as they swam into the Redondo Beach marina, where they suffocated and died en masse, officials said.


Toxin found in dead sardines

— Robert J. Lopez

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