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About 1 Million Dead Fish Washed Up on Northland Beaches

Posted by te2ataria on June 9, 2010

Dead Yellowtail, Seals and Stingrays Littered a 30-km Stretch of Northland Beaches

Hundreds of thousands of yellowtail as well as many seals and stingrays were washed up along Glinks Gully and Baylys Beach last weekend, eyewitnesses said.

Dead seals and stingrays were also washed up on Northland beaches, including Glinks Gully and Baylys Beach  Photo  Supplied by NZHerald reader
[Govt may have banned more vivid and descriptive photos.]

The most probable cause could be dumping of toxic chemicals at the sea, the blog Moderators believe.

“There were thousands, at least 30 kilometres up. It’s not on, there’s no other excuse. The smell was horrific.” An eyewitness said.

“It’s too much of a coincidence, really strange. Seals and stingrays are not generally known for throwing themselves on the beach.” Marine expert Dr Kendall Clements said.

“Possibilities are an accident like a net tearing open, a natural event such as algal poisoning or deliberate dumping at sea.” Darren Edwards, field operations manager for the Ministry of Fisheries Northland said.

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Toxicity, Pollution, Bugs Reach Crisis Points in New Zealand

Posted by te2ataria on February 11, 2010

First, it was NO Automatic Entry for kiwis

Aussie MP, Kelvin Thomson, who wants to limit the number of kiwis in Australia said there should be no automatic right of entry to Australia for [“bloody”] kiwis.

Then, “New Zealanders NOT Welcome” in Australia

and for good reasons, too, to be honest … And NOW

NOW, NZ ship refused berth in Australia

Tatiana Schulte has been refused permission to enter Australia after an exotic timber pest, the burnt pine longicorn beetle, from New Zealand was discovered on board, NZPA said.

“As this organism is a potential threat to Australia’s environment and commercial interests, the Tatiana Schulte was instructed under section 74D of the Quarantine Act to leave Australian territorial waters,” the shipping line said.

The Tatiana Schulte was unceremoniously sent back to Auckland for delousing.

Up to 98 percent of New Zealand Rivers are POLLUTED

Toxic algae has been found in the Hutt River north of Wellington and people on the river are told to “be on the lookout for the dark brown or black coloured algae and avoid it and the water it was in.” [This time the “dark brown” did not refer to the usual, human faces, floating in Wellington waters.]

“The algae could be fatal to dogs and cause vomiting, diarrhoea and skin irritations in humans.” The report said.

Elsewhere, in Canterbury, a dog became ill [and died in pain] after ingesting the dark brown/black algae  in Walter Park in northern Christchurch.

Meanwhile, in Otago two dogs died in Mosgiel, 17km west of Dunedin, of algae poisoning, another report said.

“Otago medical officer of health Dr Derek Bell said the algae could cause allergic reactions including asthma, eye irritations, rashes, blistering around the mouth and nose and gastro intestinal disorders including abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhoea [and painful death.]”

“Toxic algae has appeared in a number of areas around New Zealand this summer, prompting warnings to parents and pet owners, and during the past few years it has claimed the lives of many dogs.”

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NZ sewage-infested coasts have sharks too!

Posted by te2ataria on January 16, 2009

Worried about New Zealand’s smelly beaches? Swimming in sewage? Poisoned by toxic algae? And wondering it couldn’t possibly get any worse?

Sharks chase surfers out of water!

The South Island’s nincompoop police have issued a warning after a “very large shark” chased two surfers out of the water near Dunedin.

The surfers spotted the shark  near Karitane Beach, 30 kilometers north of Dunedin.

According to a local, a seven-gill shark had attacked a young boy previously, “leaving him with eight stitches.”

“We do get a lot of them in shallows, especially when the water is dirty like this.”

The police said that it was “not wise for people to be swimming in the area.”

“Hastings man Greg Sims, 49, was swimming near the Tukituki River mouth earlier this month when he was bitten on the back of his leg by what was believed to be a broadnose seven-gill shark.” A report said.

“While in December, fisherman Ken Lindberg spent five days in hospital after being bitten by a shark, believed to be a bronze whaler, while fishing with a friend off Maraetai near Auckland.”

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