DEAD TUR­TLES FOUND AT WOODGATE

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HU­MAN IM­PACT: A dead tur­tle found at Woodgate – found with rope and a buoy around the top part of its body.

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