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Hundreds of mutton birds found dead along Craignish beach

Dead mutton birds on Craignish Beach at the end of Petersens Road.
Dead mutton birds on Craignish Beach at the end of Petersens Road. Alistair Brightman

HUNDREDS of dead mutton birds have been discovered on Craignish beach at the end of Petersens Rd.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection had received many reports about dead short-tailed shearwaters, or mutton birds, being found on Queensland beaches, a spokesman said.

"The shearwaters are on their annual migration from northern Russia to rookeries in Victoria and South Australia," the spokesman said.

"Unfortunately, the birds can succumb to exhaustion along the way."

The spokesman said it would probably not be the last sighting of dead birds across Queensland this summer.

Anyone who sees the birds is advised, as a precaution, not to handle them.

Thousands of short-tailed shearwater birds were found dead around Moreton Bay in 2011 and Fraser Island in 2006.

Topics:  beach, dead, department of environment, mutton birds



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