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Dead turtle found washed up on beach with hole in shell

A dead turtle washed up on Spinnaker Park beach on Wednesday, September 18.
A dead turtle washed up on Spinnaker Park beach on Wednesday, September 18. Mary Bolling

ANOTHER dead turtle has washed up in Gladstone, this time on Spinnaker Park beach.

The large animal had been sighted floating around the marina on Tuesday and the RSPCA was notified, but it washed up before officers could respond.

It's believed the turtle had a large hole in its shell.

Officers from Gladstone Ports Corporation and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service removed the body on Wednesday morning, and said a hole in the shell indicated a likely boat strike. 

The death follows the gruesome discovery of two dead turtles with broken shells, and a dead dolphin missing both its fins, earlier this month.

The animals had all washed up at Crab Point on Curtis Island.

DEHP records all reports of "turtle strandings", which includes boat strikes, and dead turtles found washed up for Gladstone harbour.

A total of 31 turtle strandings were recorded for Gladstone until July 31 this year.

Topics:  environment, gladstone harbour, spinnaker park, turtle




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