As warming waters caused by our current climate crisis may bring more and more red tides, what might this mean for the integrity our marine ecosystems?
Have you ever gone to the beach and been disturbed by reddish brown water? These red tides are caused by an overproduction of certain types of algae, some of which can produce a toxin called domoic acid. What is domoic acid, and how does it affect the health of our marine life and that of humans?
Come learn with us on the evening of February 5th from 6-8pm at the Dream Inn as we hear from experts from The Marine Mammal Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and University of California Santa Cruz! Together we will explore what this toxin is, how it is produced, and how it impacts our food webs; from crabs and fish, to marine mammals such as California sea lions, all the way up to us! We will also discuss the potential implications of rising ocean temperatures on the production and persistence of this toxin.
This is the first event of our Earth Day 50 Speaker Series highlighting the importance of this pivotal year by discussing growing problems and groundbreaking solutions for our oceans and climate.
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This event is graciously being sponsored and hosted by the Dream Inn.
Photo by Emily Pomeroy