Another tur­tle ‘ oiled’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

A SEC­OND tur­tle has been found cov­ered in oil off the North Queens­land coast as author­i­ties plan to re­open beaches af­fected by the spill to­day.

The Flat­back Tur­tle was found alive at For­rest Beach and has been taken to Townsville for treat­ment.

An ex­am­i­na­tion of another oil- cov­ered Flat­pack Tur­tle has ruled out oil as the cause of the an­i­mals’s death with no oil found in its lungs or gut.

Author­i­ties are plan­ning to re­open beaches to­day as the clean up nears it end. Crews will re­main at af­fected beaches over the week­end.

Queens­land Health has warned beach­go­ers to steer clean of any oil as it could pose a health risk.

An 800m oil spill about 10 nau­ti­cal miles off Cape Up­start was re­ported to Townsville’s Coast Guard about 7am on July 17, prompt­ing a mas­sive clean- up.

Sam­ples were still be­ing taken from ships yesterday with hopes a pos­i­tive match will be found.

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