And You Thought Slipping Granny Marijuana Brownies Was Bad!  

wistfuljester 64M
1259 posts
6/24/2006 2:54 pm

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6/25/2006 11:43 am

And You Thought Slipping Granny Marijuana Brownies Was Bad!


You just can't make stuff like this up:

Domoic acid poisoning blamed for bird flying into windshield

The driver was sober. The bird he hit may have been under the influence.

A California brown pelican flew through the windshield of a car on the Pacific Coast Highway on Thursday, and wildlife officials said the bird was probably intoxicated by a chemical in the water, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Though toxicology tests take several weeks, the odd bird behavior was likely the result of poisoning from domoic acid, which has been found in the ocean in the area, Lisa Birkle, assistant wildlife director at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, told the Times.

Birds can be poisoned through eating algae tainted by the acid.

The driver was not hurt. The pelican needed surgery for a broken foot, and also had a gash on its pouch.


Domoic acid is a naturally occurring toxin produced by microscopic algae, specifically the diatom species Pseudo-nitzschia. Shellfish and crab ingest this algae, where the toxin concentrates. Significant amounts of domoic acid can cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) in humans. ASP is transmitted by eating contaminated molluscan shellfish and crab.



PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
6/24/2006 9:38 pm

Oooh, something new to goo for!

*RUNZ to check out ASP*


The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


wistfuljester replies on 6/25/2006 11:45 am:
hee hee...there are some days I could use a little amnesia myself...hahaha!

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