Dozens of wildfowl have been found dead or dying on the Rattlechain lagoon. Dying birds have shown clinical signs of white phosphorus poisoning, almost certainly after having accutely ingested particles in the sediment of the lagoon. Video of these birds symptoms have been viewed by experts in the USA who have investigated and dealt with white phosphorus poisoning at Eagle River Flats, an Alaskan Salt Marsh used as a military firing range.
“THE SYMPTOMS IN THE BIRDS WERE DEFINATELY SIMILAR TO BIRDS OBSERVED AT EAGLE RIVER FLATS, ALASKA, AND MALLARDS INTENTIONALLY TREATED WITH WHITE PHOSPHORUS. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE BEHAVIOURS OF THE BIRDS IN THE VIDEO PROVIDED AND WHAT I HAVE SEEN IN BIRDS EXPOSED TO WP ARE THE SAME OR SIMILAR.”
They believe the clinical signs seen in dying birds at Rattlechain lagoon to be consistent with white phosphorus poisoning and have also acknowledged that levels found in the dead birds at Rattlechain are similar to those found in the wild at the US site. They have also acknowledged that secondary poisoning affecting predators is possible,as is the prospect of birds that have ingested P4 leaving the site and dying elsewhere.