Death of young dolphin at Quoin Island still a mystery

THE death of a bottlenose dolphin at the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre last week remains a mystery, but pathology tests may provide some answers.

An initial autopsy on Cooee the dolphin could not reveal a cause of death.

The 18-month-old dolphin was brought to the centre following a shark attack near Yeppoon.

Centre owner Bob McCosker told the ABC the wound had healed well and the animal was almost ready for release.

"We had round the clock care with a minimum of two people with it the entire time," he said.

"And it was progressing extremely well to the point where we would have been able to release it within a few days, even though it had a fairly large shark bite down one side of its body.

"It had healed extremely well and it was almost back to full health.

"We've actually had a post-mortem done by one of Queensland's best and we were unable at that point anyway, without the pathology coming back on organs, there was nothing visibly that we could see that actually caused it."

Mr McCosker said the death had been sad for all the volunteers.

"With all the effort that a lot of our turtle volunteers had put in, and also additional people from Gladstone community who came over and did the long night shifts to get it through to morning, to ultimately end with it passing away," he said.

"And I guess worse still at this point, we don't know why."



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