Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water..

Posted by on Jul 08, 2011 | 2 Comments

It is rumoured Britney Spears had Pleurobranchea in mind when she wrote the song "Toxic."

It is rumoured Britney Spears had Pleurobranchea in mind when she wrote the song "Toxic."

…they’re back.

Toxic sea slugs which killed several dogs on the beaches of Auckland’s North Shore over the last two winters are back, this time on Waiheke Island.

While none have yet been spotted on Devonport’s beaches, Auckland Council positively identified two of the slugs on rocks at Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island last week. Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has issued a warning that beachgoers should avoid touching or handling sea slugs at all beaches across the Auckland region. The following guidance to the public has been published by the council;

* Children and pets need to be supervised on all Auckland beaches, not just those bordering the Hauraki Gulf.

* Adults, children and pets should not eat anything found washed up on any beach.

* Parents need to be aware of where their children are swimming or playing, and what they are handling.

* Sea slugs on any beach must be avoided.

If you do spot one of the slimeballs on the beach send The Speculator a photo, with information about time and location.


  1. Catwoman says:

    Sooo, dogsss in Devo think they can kill catsss with impunity. HSSSS! The SSSeee SSSlugs are Bastet’s revenge….Our Egyptian Mummy Dearessssrt!

  2. Alistair says:

    can someone tell us why they have arrived here in the last 2 years and never before ?

    That’s a fair question Alistair. I’ve had long chats with various experts about this, and there really is no clear answer. It could be that dogs have been dying for years from the slugs’ poison and no one has made the connection. It could be that the slugs’ diet has changed as a result of changes in their ecosystem, and they have become toxic. It could be that they have become more common. The bottom line is, they are unfortunately a real threat to dogs and children on the beach. – Ed

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