Domoic Acid Poisons Marine Birds And Other Non-Marine Animals

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Domoic acid is a major component of many common marine toxin substances.

It is one of the most widely distributed elements in nature, and its presence in sea life is widespread. Domoic acid in fact was considered the inspiration for the film “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock. As (Spoiler alert) the premise of overly aggressive birds that inexplicably flew in a flock upon pedestrians below. Which was based on true events that took place in California back in 1961. When there suddenly was an over abundance of highly aggressive Seabirds.

But, why were they affected the most?