Local

Abalone Deaths Along Sonoma County Coastline Blamed On Microscopic Sea Creature

View Comments
(CBS)

(CBS)

FORT ROSS (CBS SF) — The death of tens of thousands of abalone along the Bay Area’s coastline is being blamed on a microscopic sea creature.

A team of scientists and geneticists identified the poison-producing micro-organism known as Gonyaulax spinifera using an approach called forensic genomics.

Large numbers of red abalone, sea stars, sea urchins, and other marine invertebrates were found dead in a “red tide” along the Sonoma County coastline three years ago.

Environmental scientists from Stanford tested samples from the dead abalone, which came up negative for more common algae bloom-related suspects that occur in the area, but did notice that Gonyaulax algae, which can sometimes produce toxins, was abundant.

 

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 55,765 other followers