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California sea lions in Malibu are falling victim to what appears to be domoic acid toxicity, a condition caused by ingesting a microscopic diatom called Pseudo-nitzschia australis. Photo Submitted
Mike Remski, Marine Mammal Program Manager, California Wildlife Center
7:14 am PDT April 25, 2017

If you’ve visited the Malibu shoreline this April, it’s likely that you have encountered a large California sea lion at the water’s edge. 

And if you’ve watched this animal staring into the sky, or laying in the shore break and thought to yourself, “something doesn’t seem quite right,” you would be correct. Many of these animals are displaying symptoms suggestive of domoic acid toxicity.