Headless dugong brought ashore
BEACH-GOERS at Torquay yesterday were treated to a more than unsightly scene when a decapitated dugong was brought ashore.
Aquavue Café staff and marine mammal expert Yvonne Miles towed the dead sea creature to the Torquay boat ramp after spotting it floating near the Urangan Pier.
Aquavue Café owner Larry Burch said the dugong was thought to have been the same one seen bobbing in the Mary River last week.
“We are unsure of the cause of the death,” he said.
“There is no evidence of a boat strike, however other marine species have had a few meals on the carcass which makes it more difficult to ascertain.”
The dugong’s stomach had been ripped open and its head was completely gone.
The carcass was removed from the sand by the early afternoon and was buried with the help of Fraser Coast Regional Council staff.