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Hundreds of Dead Animals Litter NZ Beaches

Posted by feww on August 7, 2009

NZ Mass Deaths on Auckland Beaches

“Mysterious” Death Claims Hundreds of Animals on New Zealand Beaches, including  dolphins, penguins, pilchards and local dogs

Local health officials had originally suspected foul play, however, they now say they can’t rule anything out. Among possible causes, toxic algae poisoning, death from ingesting toxic chemicals,  and ingesting rodenticides like 1080 [Sodium fluoroacetate] and Brodifacoum, have been cited.

However, due to extensive sewage contamination in New Zealand coastal waters, which spurs growth of potentially deadly algal blooms [cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, or Cyanophyta,] toxic algae poisoning may well prove to be the main cause of the animal deaths.

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8 Responses to “Hundreds of Dead Animals Litter NZ Beaches”

  1. […] Hundreds of Dead Animals Litter NZ Beaches […]

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  3. te2ataria said

    First dog death at Coromandel beach
    5:42PM Thursday Oct 08, 2009
    A dog which died after visiting a Coromandel beach has tested positive to the same toxin believed to be responsible for the deaths of five dogs in Auckland.

    In the past few months, 10 dogs have fallen ill after ingesting Tetrodotoxin (TTX) in Auckland, which has been found in sea slugs on beaches there.

    The dog in the Coromandel had visited Tapu beach, on the west coast of the peninsula 18km north of Thames.

    Officials were urging people to take caution when visiting beaches on the west side of the peninsula.

    They also said:

    * Children and pets must be closely supervised at all times.

    * Children and pets should not eat things found on the beach.

    * Parents needed to be aware of where their children were and what they were handling.

    * People should not touch any sea life (dead or alive) found on the beach.

    * Sea slugs on any beach must be avoided.

    People were still being urged to take care in Auckland, particularly at the North Shore beaches of Narrow Neck and Cheltenham.

    TTX is a potent poison found in tropical puffer fish.

    Early symptoms of TTX poisoning in humans include nausea and numbness and tingling around the mouth.

    This could spread to the face, tongue and other areas, leading to paralysis and slurred speech.

    Medical attention should be sought for any person or animal who becomes ill after visiting a beach. – NZPA — Copyright 2009, APN Holdings NZ Limited

  4. feww said

    On September 10, 2009 at 6:29 am
    te2ataria said

    Three more dogs sick after beach visits

    10/09/2009 16:40:02

    Another three Auckland dogs have fallen ill after being walked on North Shore beaches.

    Two of the dogs fell ill after visits to Takapuna Beach yesterday, while another dog is sick after being walked on Cheltenham Beach.

    The Auckland Regional Council announced two weeks ago that the beaches were safe, but warned dog walkers to be cautious.

    Ian Power owns two of the sick dogs and says it was obvious they were not well early on.

    “About three o’clock yesterday afternoon Sam started to just salivate around the mouth a bit. And then by about five o’clock he was really starting to to get shaky on his feet – and then his legs would collapse and fall down.”

    Mr Power says if people could see the state his dogs were in, they would realise it would be unwise to walk their dogs on the beaches.

    • fran Whitworth said

      Dear Mr. Power
      I have just collected dozens of what appear to be blown out pilchard carcasses,
      off Cheltenham beach. It takes sometimes days or weeks for a creature to die from
      Brodifacoum poisoning. The toxin tetrodotoxin is used as an anticoagulant in the
      “Super Wafarins” of which Brodifacoum is one. I’m afraid that it takes a long time
      for this particular poison to break down. Our beaches will not be safe for a long
      time. There are witnesses to what I can only say, was an extremely insane act on
      the part of D.O.C. dropping 122 tons of Brodifacoum on and around the rocklets
      of Rangitoto and Motutapu when the tide was out. I am totally against the use
      of poisons in any situation. If any one feels as I do, that our trust has been
      completely misplaced in Governments past and present to manage Crown Lands,please
      email me at
      I have a plan, and would be particularly interested to hear from the fishing fraternity
      the Deerstalkers Assosciation, the boating fraternity the S.C.P.A. Concerned iwi
      mothers, fathers, pet owners and and any body else who is upset about this disgraceful
      abuse of our trust and funds.

  5. te2ataria said

    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 …

  6. TEAA said


    A new neurotoxin is responsible for the deaths of dogs on Auckland’s beaches

  7. te2ataria said


    Great Barrier Island included in sea, beach warning

    Hauraki Gulf ban extends to fishing and diving

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