SAUSALITO, Calif. (KTVU) - Researchers say the algae bloom that’s indefinitely delayed the Dungeness crab season may be causing brain damage in California sea lions.

UC Santa Cruz scientists studied the behavior of sea lions being treated at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County and found evidence the sea lions were poisoned by the same toxins in algae that’s tainting crabs.

They say it’s affecting the sea lions’ ability to navigate and find food in the wild.

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