There’s something in the water

By Margo White In Health

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27th December, 2012
Now is the season for swimming, but there are things lurking in our cleanest, greenest waters that you, and your dog, should know about. SEA SLUGS The grey side-gilled sea slug, or Pleurobranchaea maculata, rose to prominence a few years ago after a population explosion on Auckland’s north shore beaches resulted in the poisoning, and death, of several dogs. The sea slug was first identified in Captain Cook’s time, but only in recent years have scientists discovered just how toxic it is, and identified the toxin as tetrodotoxin (TTX), also found in puffer ...

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