UPDATE: Experts analyse dugong carcass samples, photos

UPDATE 5.45pm:

EXPERTS will weigh in on what killed a dugong in Gladstone, after a carcass was removed from the rocks near Spinnaker Park Beach today.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service confirmed rangers took photos and samples of the carcass, which was Gladstone’s first dugong stranding this year.

A department spokesperson said they were waiting for expert advice on the samples and photos to determine what caused the killed the marine mammal.


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“Central Queensland has a population of dugong that moves along the coast to graze on seagrass,” the spokesperson said.

“Environment and Heritage Protection staff working at Gladstone in July saw a number of dugong foraging inside Port Curtis.”

A Gladstone resident told The Observer via Facebook he spotted the dugong “floating near the six knot sign at the entrance to Auckland Creek” on Sunday afternoon and reported it to fisheries officers.

It’s one of five dugong strandings reported on Queensland’s east coast this year.

Earlier 9.50am:

A DEAD dugong has washed up on the rocks at Spinnaker Park beach in Gladstone.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife officers were inspecting the animal this morning and hope to remove it today.

It’s unclear when or how it washed up on the rocks at Spinnaker Park, about 20 meters away from the beach.

The Observer’s Linda Bailey spotted the dead dugong while walking with her husband and dogs late Sunday afternoon.

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