20 Aug 2010

Talks on killer toxin blamed for death of dogs

12:43 pm on 20 August 2010

Researchers are meeting in Nelson to try to better understand the cause of a toxin in the sea-slugs that killed several dogs last year.

Five dogs died on Auckland beaches around the Hauraki Gulf, with scientists blaming tetrodotoxin, a poison found in sea slugs.

The toxin also exists in the Japanese puffer fish.

Cawthron Institute chief executive Gillian Wratt says it is a challenge to find out how the toxin gets into the species and how it survives.