Washing up of puffer fish alert

2016-08-10 06:00
Photo: supplied The puffer fish can cause poisoning if handled incorrectly or consumed.

Photo: supplied The puffer fish can cause poisoning if handled incorrectly or consumed.

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EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife has issued a warning to beachgoers after receiving reports from the Ballito area; Salmon Bay, Sheffield, Tinley Manor as well as Richards Bay and Clansthal (KZN South Coast) of puffer fish washing ashore.
According to the statement issued by Ezemvelo, presumably, there has been a rapid change in water temperature and this may be the reason that they are washing ashore.

Members of the public are being requested to handle these fish with care if they come across them.
There have also been incidents where pets that have consumed the fish were poisoned.

Parents are urged to be vigilant of their children on the beach and ensure that they do not handle any puffer fish.
Ezemvelo advised that any individual puffer fish found should be buried half a metre underground so that dogs are not able to dig them back up again.
Collections or burials are to be done strictly with gloves on to avoid any contact with the skin.
Ezemvelo wishes to thank Coastwatch KZN for their assistance with burying the fish found on the beach around Ballito.

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