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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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Man-eating sea slug warning at Auckland beaches

Posted by te2ataria on February 5, 2010

Sea Slugs at Auckland Beaches Don’t Eat Flesh, Our Sharks DO!

The Poisonous Slugs Just Kill Humans!

For the umpteen times in less than a flash, Auckland health authorities are warning people against coming in contact with highly poisonous sea slugs.

The warning came after a “near miss” involving a four-year-old toddler who came into contact with a slug yesterday evening, according to her father.

Even a small dose of the powerful poison could kill healthy adults, let alone children, in less than an hour.

“This is the nearest miss we have had. Clearly, sea slugs are still just off our beaches, and still pose a threat,” Auckland Regional Public Health Service medical officer of health Simon Baker said, NZPA reported.

Steer Clear of Deadly Sea Slugs on New Zealand Beaches: Poisoned Sea Slugs and Dead Fish Piling Up on New Zealand Beaches Can Kill You in Under 60 minutes!

Sea slugs swarming Hauraki Gulf beaches were found to carry tetrodotoxin (TTX), a deadly poison also carried by puffer fish, the report said.

In Autumn 2009, dozens of dogs fell ill after eating the slugs on Auckland beaches and at least dozen of them died (only five reported by the media.)

“It’s second nature to most people to ensure children and animals are carefully watched when swimming and playing to avoid hazards and accidents.

“However, we want people to be a little more cautious about what they handle on Hauraki Gulf beaches, particularly at Narrow Neck and Cheltenham on the North Shore,” Dr Baker said.

Prior death, victims of TTX poisoning may feel numbness and tingling around their mouths, followed by nausea, which usually progresses to incoordination, slurred speech and paralysis.

People coming in contact with a sea slug in New Zealand are strongly advised to seek immediate medical attention.

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“Highly poisonous fumigant” washed up on Christchurch beach

Posted by te2ataria on September 29, 2009


From North To South, and East to West Deadly Poisons Are Being Washed Up on New Zealand Beaches

NZ Beach

First came this:

Lethal Coastal Waters Kill Deadly Fish!

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

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

And now This:

Second toxic canister washes up on Christchurch beach

A second canister containing highly toxic pellets has been found washed up on a Christchurch beach.

The canister was found on New Brighton Beach near the North Beach Surf Life Saving building on September 15 and handed over to police today.

A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman said tonight tests of the pellets inside the original canister indicated that they were of a highly poisonous fumigant which releases a toxic chemical when exposed to water.

The second canister had now been collected by the council’s hazardous substances staff, and a preliminary inspection indicated the pellets were the same chemical in the first canister.

The spokeswoman said that anyone finding a canister should secure the area without touching the container, and immediately contact the council or the Fire Service.

The canisters which have been found are approximately 25 centimetres high and grey in colour, and the pellets are also grey. —NZPA
Source: http://tvnz.co.nz/content/3039696

NZ police have not revealed whether the dead bodies recently found on New Zealand beaches, as well as numerous dead marine animals including a rare blue whale, are related to the poisons!

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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.

deadly fish
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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