Stranded tur­tles and dugongs found on Four Mile

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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..

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