Big turtle chokes to death on plastic at Dundowran beach

A LARGE dead turtle isn't what Elliot Burns was hoping to find as he walked the beach at Dundowran on his school holidays.

Mum Kylie Spencer said the 1m turtle appeared to have choked on plastic, with a piece wrapped around its decomposing jaw.

"Bait, plastic bags and doggie bags litter the beach here," she said.

"We pick them up all the time - but there are alway more."

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service area manager Peter Wright said their rangers received a report from RSPCA about the dead turtle at Petersens Rd on Sunday.

Mr Wright said the carcass was removed and buried by rangers.

"There was no obvious cause of death," he said.

Seven-year-old Elliot Burns understands the importance of keeping rubbish out of our seaways after finding a dead turtle which seemed to have choked on plastic.
Seven-year-old Elliot Burns understands the importance of keeping rubbish out of our seaways after finding a dead turtle which seemed to have choked on plastic. Valerie Horton


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