Dugong found dead on beach

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE cause of death of a large male dugong washed up on Four Mile beach on Sun­day night re­mains un­known.

The 2m-long dugong was a sub-adult and too de­com­posed to de­ter­mine the cause of death, ac­cord­ing to re­gional man­ager north­ern marine for the Depart­ment of Environment and Re­source Man­age­ment Richard Quincey.

“DERM staff went to Port Dou­glas on Mon­day morn­ing to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports of a dugong car­cass at the south­ern end of Four Mile Beach,” he said. “They col­lected in­for­ma­tion to try de­ter­mine cause of death but the car­cass was too de­com­posed for a full necropsy.”

James Cook Univer­sity dugong ex­pert Pro­fes­sor He­lene Marsh said dugongs have been dy­ing in large numbers along the Queens­land coast from star­va­tion.

“Many an­i­mals have been wash­ing up dead in Queens­land as a re­sult of sea­grasses be­ing dam­aged by the floods and cy­clones along the Queens­land coast last sum­mer,” she said.

If you see any kind of marine an­i­mal stranded or dead re­port it to DERM on 1300 264 625 (1300 an­i­mal).

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