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Australia: Gulf St Vincent To Be Tested To Explain Dead Penguins, Fish And Dolphins On Adelaide Beaches


Adelaide Now – “SWIMMERS and fishers have been reassured that they have nothing to fear from the water in Spencer and St Vincent gulfs in the wake of mass fish and dolphin deaths off the state’s coastline.

SA Health told The Advertiser algal blooms, found across the state’s coastline most likely due to March’s prolonged hot weather and heavy winds, did not affect human health in any way.

‘Consumption of fish caught alive do not represent health concerns, however SA Health advises fish caught dead should not be eaten due to concerns over decomposition and spoilage,’ a spokeswoman said yesterday.

The assurance comes as a taskforce of experts starts testing water to help solve the mystery of the thousands of dead fish and 16 dead dolphins.

The Fisheries Department, Environmental Protection Authority and SA Water will lead the taskforce, which will also conduct tests on the fish and some of the dolphins.

Scientific experts from SA Museum conducted autopsies on two dead dolphins yesterday, but said they were still stumped as to how and why such large numbers died in recent weeks.

SA Museum senior researcher of mammals Dr Catherine Kemper said the dolphin samples would be sent to pathology for further analysis. She said preliminary analysis showed one of the dolphins was heavily bruised.

‘It had lots of bruising on it which means for some reason something bumped it or it bumped itself very badly,’ she said.” Read more.

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