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.