LOW LEVELS OF TOXINS IN MARINE LIFE FOLLOWING NEW ZEALAND RAT POISON SPILL

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (June 12, 2001 – Radio Australia)---An environment group in New Zealand says the levels of toxins in marine life and sea water are low three weeks after a large amount of rat poison spilled into the sea near Kaikoura, a world-renowned whale and dolphin feeding area.

Environment Canterbury said the livers of two dead seals found near the spill site showed no signs of the poison, which kills by accumulating in animals’ bodies.

More than 18 tons of the poison was dumped into the sea near Kaikoura, along South Island's east coast, three weeks ago when a truck overturned on the highway.

Kaikoura is world-renowned as one of the few areas where whales, dolphins and other mammals can be observed feeding in the rich coastal waters all year-round.

Bans on taking seafood, fishing and swimming or diving in the spill area remain in place.

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