Sea otter health: challenging a pet hypothesis

International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife
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Abstract

A recent series of studies on tagged sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) challenges the hypothesis that sea otters are sentinels of a dirty ocean, in particular, that pet cats are the main source of exposure to Toxoplasma gondii in central California. Counter to expectations, sea otters from unpopulated stretches of coastline are less healthy and more exposed to parasites than city-associated otters. Ironically, now it seems that spillover from wildlife, not pets, dominates spatial patterns of disease transmission.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Sea otter health: challenging a pet hypothesis
Series title International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife
DOI 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2015.05.005
Volume 4
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Australian Society for Parasitology
Publisher location Oxford
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 4 p.
First page 291
Last page 294
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N