What is it about?
Domoic acid toxicosis can be challenging to diagnose in stranded California sea lions as rescue often occurs after the toxin has cleared the circulatory, urinary, and gastrointestinal systems. Here we present methodology, using abnormal behavioral cues, as an effective and accurate diagnostic protocol that is practical for use in rehabilitation environments.
Why is it important?
Four abnormal behaviors, head weaving, muscle fasciculations, dragging the hind flippers, and swift scanning can be indicators of domoic acid toxicosis assuming environmental and timed/behavior type assumptions and requirements are met. Diagnosis can be made within 10-15 minutes. The protocol presented is both timely and cost efficient.
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