Dugong found dead on beach
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).