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N.C. Sea Grant fish pathologists have discovered a microscopic animal that paralyzes fish with toxins and sucks away their flesh. The creature, dinoflagellate, is known to scientists, but its heretofore unknown predatory behavior shocked the researchers
While pfiesteria looms large in the headlines, it is only one of a number of thousands-of-years-old, harmful algal blooms that can flourish under the right conditions. Others include red tides and brown tides. The algae can cause illness and death in humans and affect coastal businesses.
The culprit of the fish kills for over a decade may be dinoflagellates. These dinoflagellates can lay dormant for long periods of time and disappear soon after killing fish which is why researchers have had trouble narrowing down the cause of the kills.