Deepwater beast dies in creek shallows
A BLACK marlin found dying in Cudgen Creek yesterday may have won the battle but lost the war with a game fisherman, according to experts.
Seaworld and Department of Fisheries officers believe the 150kg fish died from exhaustion after being hooked by a fisherman somewhere off the coast at Kingscliff.
Local Fisheries officer Bob Loring said he had been told that marlin nearly always die at sea if their demise is due to natural causes.
"In this case we believe the marlin managed to escape and swam out of the surf into the calmer conditions of Cudgen Creek to try to recover," said Mr Loring.
"But unfortunately it was too far gone and never recovered from its ordeal."
The four-metre-long distressed fish was spotted by Craig Bowditch and his mates thrashing about near the shore.
"We thought at first it was a shark attacking something but when we looked closer we saw it was a marlin," said Craig.
He said they went to the fish's rescue when it wedged itself between rocks, pulling it free by the tail. But it succumbed from apparent exhaustion a short time later.
The Kingscliff Volunteer Coast Guard notified authorities about 6.30am but there was nothing they could do to revive it.
A council spokesman said it was taken to the council tip at Stotts Island and buried.
- By KEN SAPWELL