Third dead turtle worries locals
THREE dead turtles in just a few weeks on Dundowran Beach is causing concern among locals.
The third turtle, a large adult, was discovered by councillor Sue Brooks last week while she was on her morning beach walk.
“Although this turtle was dead when we discovered it I still rang the DERM stranding hotline to report the turtle,” she said yesterday.
“This is very important and the more people that jot down this number and use it, the better.
“DERM records all strandings and if a turtle is discovered while still alive they can rescue it and assess if rehabilitation is possible.”
DERM says anyone finding a sick or dead turtle, dugong, dolphin or whale should phone the department’s stranding hotline, 1300 130 372, with details of:
- What animal it is (if known) and
- Whether it is dead or alive.
If conditions are suitable, QPWS staff will go to the site and collect information about the incident.
QPWS or the local council usually arrange for the animal’s rehabilitation or disposal of the carcass.