Washed up tur­tles

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

EIGHT tur­tles have been re­ported washed up on Four Mile Beach in the past three months. How­ever, the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion Se­nior Con­ser­va­tion has dis­missed pub­lic con­cern and said the num­bers are con­sis­tent with the num­ber of “tur­tle strand­ings over win­ter months”. A num­ber of beach­go­ers have been shocked to see the tur­tles washed up dead with no mark­ings and al­though the cause of death of the lat­est dead tur­tle on Mon­day has not been con­firmed un­til a full necropsy can be done, Se­nior Con­ser­va­tion Of­fi­cer Dr Ian Bell said the deaths are con­sis­tent with this time of year. “Tur­tles can be more vul­ner­a­ble to in­fec­tions dur­ing win­ter as their me­tab­o­lism slows due to the cooler wa­ters,” he said. “This is sim­i­lar to the hu­man flu sea­son.” Dr Bell said mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to re­port any dead or injured tur­tles to

NO CAUSE FOR ALARM: By­ron Bay tourist Norm Thomas was shocked to find this dead green tur­tle at Four Mile Beach

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