Shark targets turtle at beach
SWIMMERS at Four Mile beach got a surprise on Tuesday when they witnessed a dead turtle being attacked by a suspected shark.
Police say witnesses saw the floating turtle and swam out to see if it was dead but when they were around 10-15m away it was attacked.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures wildlife manager Drew Melville said the circumstances meant it was more likely a shark than a crocodile responsible.
“It’s common for sharks to scavenge from the carcasses of large fish and turtles that are floating in coastal seas,” he said.
“But keep in mind it would have only been a 1-1.5m shark, they would remain submerged because most sharks have very sharp cutting edge of teeth they can actually sheer pieces off.
“A larger shark would’ve just pulled it under.”
Surf Lifesaving regional manager Colin Sparkes cautioned people to be aware of their surroundings and swim between the safety flags.
“We do have sharks and we do have crocs - its part and parcel of living in tropical paradise,” Mr Sparkes said. “Swim between the flags so if something like this happens we (surf lifesavers) can do something about it, if you are too far away we can’t help.”