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Are Putrid Lakes "the Color of Antifreeze w/Chunks of Broccoli Floating" Killing Sea Otters?

By Andrew Moseman | September 24, 2010 2:17 pm

Sea_otterCalifornia sea otters, furry frolickers of the saltwater seas, are in trouble. And the root cause is… a freshwater toxin? That’s the surprising truth, according to a study in the journal PLoS One led by Melissa Miller, a state wildlife veterinarian.

For the last several years, the otters on California’s coast have been dying in droves, and their population diminishing. No one could quite put a finger on why. Disease and starvation floated as explanations, and sharks seem to be devouring more sea otters lately. But none of these were the root cause, Miller finally found.

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