Igor Purlantov Favorite quote: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” - Mahatma Gandhi
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tiny Ocean Animals Get "Drunk" on Algae, Act Crazy
Even tiny ocean animals get soused—and not just in seawater. A common species of plankton in the northern Atlantic Ocean becomes intoxicated when it slurps uptoxic algae, a new study says. And just like drunk partygoers, "drunk" plankton take questionable risks. (Related: "Do Animals Get Drunk?"). In contrast to the wobbly gait of inebriated people, plankton under the influence swim faster and on a straighter path, making them more susceptible to predators.