DEAD TURTLES FOUND AT WOODGATE
IMAGINE taking a stroll down the beach to witness wildlife at their most wonderful, only to find your target turtle strangled.
That is the horrid reality that confronted Barbara Liddell three times last Friday morning at the southern end of the esplanade between Woodgate Beach and Walkers Point.
Barbara and Kevin Liddell usually walk down the beach in hope of seeing the marine animal in its natural habitat during turtle season.
“We get up at five every morning and head down there,” Mrs Liddell said.
“Everyone looks after the animals down here.”
Even the care of locals can’t help, particularly in the case of the Woodgate trio last week.
One turtle (pictured) was found strangled by rope and buoy towards the southern of the Esplanade, while two others had died presumably of natural causes.
The couple left the beach to get help but when they returned the rope and buoy had been removed.
“You could tell it was the same one by the markings though,” Mr Liddell said.
It comes just three weeks after a dead turtle was found trapped in fishing net at Innes Park.
HUMAN IMPACT: A dead turtle found at Woodgate – found with rope and a buoy around the top part of its body.