The latest coverage from the New Zealand Herald’s Eloise Gibson of the mysterious illness among dogs and sea life along Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf beaches.
An excerpt: Read in full here.
” The theories:
Toxic algae: Stomach contents came back negative but authorities are not ruling it out.
1080/Brodifacoum rat poison: Dog symptoms don’t match.
Pilchard virus: Could be responsible for pilchard deaths, penguin deaths and possibly others but no reliable testing for the virus yet.
Seaweed: Is being tested from the beach near where the dogs died.
Deliberate poisoning: Has happened before but authorities believe a natural toxin is more likely.”