Stranded turtles and dugongs found on Four Mile
TWO green sea turtles and a dugong were found stranded on Four Mile Beach last week as a result of the sedimentation of seagrass beds after Cyclone Yasi.
The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Cairns has been running at full capacity since the cyclone wiped out many seagrass beds, leaving green turtles and dugongs with little to eat.
“The sedimentation that’s gone into the ocean has caused the seagrass not to be able to grow because they need light and the beds have been destroyed,” Dr Gilbert said.
The cyclone has affected areas between Port Douglas and Townsville.
In June, the Department of Environment reported a 500 per cent increase in turtle strandings in North Queensland.
“As a result the CTRC will start construction on a 25-tank turtle clinic on Fitzoy Island next week to accommodate the increase in turtles,” Dr Gilbert said..