Sea Hare

“B E W A R E of the Sea-Hare!!” by Ebony M. & Dr Peter Taylor

Recently one of our Midwest Vet Centre team members bought to our attention that the extremely dangerous slug-like ‘Sea Hares; also known as Aplysia have been sighted at one of Geraldton’s local family beaches – Back Beach on the weekend.

The hares have been causing havoc to Western Australian canines for several years, however unfortunately no research has been conclusive in determining the causative toxins and consequently there are no antidotes. Treatment consists of seizure management and supportive therapy which can be cost prohibitive and not guaranteed.

Gathering in late summer, they are commonly found between January-April washed up on Geraldton beaches. We have seen many cases of death in the previous years from the large slug like hares that have washed up on the shoreline, and so we ask that all dog owners please take extra pre-caution when visiting the beach with your companion. Ensure your pets are on a lead at all times and not sniffing around in the seaweed.

These creatures carry toxins harmful enough to kill a large dog and when threatened, may excrete a toxic purple ink that can irritate eyes. If you see another dog licking, sniffing or ingesting a sea hare, we ask that you please inform other pet owners straight away!!
Symptoms to look out for include tremors, seizures, vomiting and or drooling.SH3

If you believe your pet has ingested one of these life-threatening creatures or is showing any of the following symptoms, please call your veterinarian ASAP as time is of the essence!!!

For more information please call us at Midwest Vets on 99643671

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11 Responses to “B E W A R E of the Sea-Hare!!” by Ebony M. & Dr Peter Taylor

  1. Jack Hewitt January 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Isn't Australia a lovely place to live ?.

  2. Lindsay Herron January 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Nearly killed my ridgeback in Kalbarri a few years ago. To late to drive to dero the vet said shut her in a dark room and hope for the best. She pulled through but fortunately I caught her licking it or she would have been dead. We've lost a few up there. 1 hr 45 mins is too long. Good article though. More people should be aware.

  3. Annabelle Calvert January 25, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

    I found one on our beach at Avalon in Mandurah last week

  4. Danii Paterson January 27, 2016 at 6:46 am #

    There's been a few at Leighton dog beach in the last few weeks too – thanks for a great article!!

  5. MD Carson January 27, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    I knew nothing about them until a couple of years ago when we were down at the beach with friends at Wedge (have lived here for over 20 years) and I went over to have a look at what they were with my dog and friends immediately said don't let your dog go near them as they are toxic and will kill your dog. So glad more information is being posted about the dangers as we all love taking our dogs to the beach.

  6. Stuart Watson January 27, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    Thanks for the infomation and the photo's so we know what to look for

  7. Hazel Jane Murray Bradshaw January 28, 2016 at 5:40 am #

    Always something to keep u awake … Go straylia

  8. Raylene Robinson January 30, 2016 at 2:49 am #

    How big are they?

  9. MD Carson January 30, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    The ones I saw were between 1 and 2 foot long and about a foot across.

  10. Midwest Veterinary Centre January 31, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    They are commonly found in indo-pacific waters, so around the coast of most of Australia. There have also been some found in the Atlantic Ocean.

  11. Evelyn Heffernan April 9, 2016 at 2:37 am #

    Thats our country another poison species