A sea turtle is in peril after dumping a “disappearing” mass of dead marine life on beaches in Queensland.
Key points:The carcasses are being sent to a landfill in DarwinThe carcass is believed to be from a sea turtleThe cause of the death is not knownThe carcasse is being sent for testing to a marine laboratoryThe death has triggered an outpouring of grief and concern for the animals and the marine environment in Queensland, the region’s premier said.
“It’s been a bit of a shock,” Premier Campbell Newman said on Thursday.
“I can understand that the community is going to be shocked.
I’m also surprised that this has happened.”
But I want to reassure everyone that we have a marine mammal expert and we are doing everything possible to find out exactly what happened.
“Dr Tim Gaffney, a marine biologist and turtle expert, said he was concerned about the impact the death could have on the sea turtles.”
The sea turtle population in Queensland is at the lowest it’s been in 20 years,” Dr Gaffny said.”[It’s] in trouble, in some cases, the population is at risk.
“Dr Gaffson said he had seen a sea lion in Queensland’s Redwood National Park on Thursday morning and he was worried about the potential impact the carcass could have.”
This was probably the first time I’ve seen a dead sea lion,” Dr Grasmere said.
Dr Gafson said the carcasses would be sent for tests to a Marine Laboratory in Darwin, but he had no further information about the exact cause of death.
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