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Lethal Coastal Waters Kill Deadly Fish!

Posted by te2ataria on August 19, 2009

Steer Clear of Deadly Fish on New Zealand Beaches

Poison from Dead Fish Piling Up on New Zealand Beaches Can Kill You in 60 minutes

Deadly fish washed up on New Zealand beaches have prompted health authorities to a warning the public to stay away.

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Deadly fish have been found washed up on the Petone foreshore, prompting a warning to the public to steer clear of them.  Photo: PHIL REID/The Dominion Post. Image may be subject to copyright.

Large piles of deadly porcupine fish were spotted by a Wellington woman who was walking her dog on the beach yesterday morning. “I’ve been taking my dog out there for seven years, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The woman who also found a dead penguin, was so concerned she immediately left the area. “In the end I just got my dog and went home.”

The Dominion Post said their reporters had found more  dead porcupine fish on the beach.

Anyone spotting the poisonous porcupine fish washed up should keep away from them, A council spokeswoman said.

“Children and dogs should not be taken to the beach until the all-clear was given.” The Dominion Post reported the council as saying.

The species was closely related to puffer fish. They were common around the New Zealand coast, Te Papa fish collection manager Andrew Stewart said. “Like the puffers they are poisonous and should never be eaten or fed to pets.”

“Mass beach-casts like this can sometimes happen after a storm, or when a trawler has caught a netful and they’ve been dumped.”

“Early this month the death of a dog on an Auckland beach was attributed to tetrodotoxin, a poison found in tropical puffer fish and sea slugs.” DP reported.

“In May, the deaths of [thousands] of Ray’s bream and snapper on a 60-kilometre stretch of Kapiti Coast beach was linked to wild seas pushing the fish from their normal depth.”

NZ Beach poison will kill you in an hour

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The warning signs will not be removed until investigating agencies believe Auckland’s beaches are safe. Photo / Greg Bowker.  Photo: PHIL REID/The Dominion Post
Image may be subject to copyright.

“Touching a dead animal on the beach could be enough to endanger human life, said Cawthron Institute algae specialist Paul McNabb.” NZHerald earlier reported.

“People can die from this,” Mr McNabb said.

“If you put a slug in your mouth, you’d be vomiting and your entire body would be tingling.

“Within minutes you’d be paralysed. Your heart and lungs would shut down and you’d be dead within the hour.

“Or if you touched it and it was all over your hands and you went and ate a sandwich …”

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