Fish toxins blamed for deaths of river's last remaining sea eagles

To: Stephen Selden <>
Subject: Fish toxins blamed for deaths of river's last remaining sea eagles
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 09:03:28 +1000
On Thu, Sep 16, 2004 at 08:33:11AM +1000, Stephen Selden wrote:
> The only sea eagles nesting on the Parramatta River
> have both been found dead, possibly after consuming
> fish contaminated with deadly toxins...

What pollutants might be present in Sydney Harbour fish at sufficient
levels to have an acute effect?  I understand how accumulated doses could
be lethal - but this would have to be an acute dose.  And of course fish
with natural deadly toxins are a common in the harbour but presumably
not the cause.

Isn't some sort of poison, perhaps via a mammal carcass, more likely?
Or a pathogen?

I guess these were the WBSE that I'd seen a couple of times soaring over
Glebe - very sad news.

Andrew Taylor
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