Southern sea otter and baby in Moss Landing, California
A southern sea otter swims with its baby in Moss Landing, California. Researchers have found a genetic link between the deadly pathogen toxoplasmosis, which the otters are contracting, and wild and feral cats on land.
[Research supported by National Science Foundation grants OCE 1065990 and OCE 0525765.]
Learn more about this research in the University of California, Davis, news story What’s killing sea otters? Scientists pinpoint parasite strain. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Dec. 29, 2019)
Credit: Trina Wood/UC Davis
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