Council workers remove dead turtle from Torquay beach

Fraser Coast Regional Council workers carry a dead turtle out of the waves at Torquay beach.
Fraser Coast Regional Council workers carry a dead turtle out of the waves at Torquay beach. Alistair Brightman

AS WAVES hit the carcass, it took four grown men to remove a large, dead sea turtle from the beach at Torquay.

A Fraser Coast Regional Council crew was in the area on Monday when councillor George Seymour noticed the animal's body on the beach.

The council crew lifted the turtle from the beach and took it away for disposal.

It didn't appear to have any external injuries and a Department of Environment and Heritage spokeswoman said there could be several causes of death.

"When strandings do occur, the cause of death is not always apparent," she said.

"It should be noted that prevailing winds and currents can carry stranded marine wildlife to other coastal areas."

The public should report marine wildlife strandings to the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.

Four Fraser Coast Regional Council workers approach a dead turtle in the surf at Torquay beach.
Four Fraser Coast Regional Council workers approach a dead turtle in the surf at Torquay beach. Alistair Brightman

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