Mass Turtle Deaths Worry Scientists

Jul 25, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: MyFoxPhilly

Scientists were struggling Monday to understand why the northern coast of Queensland has become littered with sick and dying turtles and dugongs.

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Jul 25, 2011
 
James Cook university in Townsville should be able to supply that answer as their students who do marine biology have used the reef as their classroom.
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Jul 25, 2011
 
The demand for turtle soup seems to have skyrocketed in recent years.

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Jul 25, 2011
 
They have the answer it the accumulation of chemical run off from the extreme weather they've encountered and it's not only killing the sea grass, but also the reef and everything on it.

It's ideological humans idea of progress, wipe everything out and even then they won't be satisfied.
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Jul 26, 2011
 
Palawa wrote:
They have the answer it the accumulation of chemical run off from the extreme weather they've encountered and it's not only killing the sea grass, but also the reef and everything on it.
It's ideological humans idea of progress, wipe everything out and even then they won't be satisfied.
This might explain the sick dugongs as they feed on the sea grass. The seaturtles feed on fish and crustaceans. Perhaps they may be bioaccumulating heavy metals?

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Jul 26, 2011
 
Elias wrote:
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This might explain the sick dugongs as they feed on the sea grass. The seaturtles feed on fish and crustaceans. Perhaps they may be bioaccumulating heavy metals?
If it does explain it, then it's only the beginning which can't be turned around.

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Palawa wrote:
They have the answer it the accumulation of chemical run off from the extreme weather they've encountered and it's not only killing the sea grass, but also the reef and everything on it.
It's ideological humans idea of progress, wipe everything out and even then they won't be satisfied.
They why hadn't all these species of marine life not died sooner seeing everything used to be dumped in the sea to hide it whereabouts as was done by industry and government from the year dot.
Run off first came to light in about 2000 when the Greens used to target election candidates who owned properties that used chemicals to grow their crops.
Mankind has been polluting the waters forever so why now we see deaths of marine life in large proportions.
Mass suicide perhaps as a message that if the water is crook then so will we be, if we eat the fish that comes from it.
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Jul 26, 2011
 
It may be from the toxins in the sea from the japan nuclear fall out. The media is still playing down the severity of that terrible situation.
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Jul 26, 2011
 
Neville Thompson wrote:
<quoted text>Mankind has been polluting the waters forever so why now we see deaths of marine life in large proportions.
As industries develop the type of effluent they are discharging changes. In addition illegal dumping is no longer a pot bellied man in a pick up truck dumping garbage in a state forest or engine oil down a storm drain. Companies in Australia know very well how incompetent and easy is the EPA and EIA consulting firms in this country. I know of EIA consultants working for mining, building or chemical companies getting paid well over $100,000 to write a report favourably indicating low risk for new development projects.

While the Greenies and other enviro-groups are focussing on saving trees they seem to have little regard for pollution.

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Jul 26, 2011
 
Could these and other problems in that area be caused by a number of things but majorly the ammount of boats freqenting these sensitive areas. I wonder if there has ever been a study on the effect tourism boats and ships have in this area and the effect on the reef and the marine life.....We had to stop motor boats from the tourist trade in one of our National parks because of algae growth which was killing the local fish and damaging grasses...I am not sure how they damaged it but they found fuel powered boats was the cause.....could this happen in the oceans?
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Jul 29, 2011
 
STOP THE BLOODY ABO BUNGS FROM EATING THEM THEN

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Jul 29, 2011
 
It could also be drowning in fresh water.
Whenever there is heavy rains especially the wet all that water eventually has to go into the sea.
Some years ago I was on a cray mother ship heading Nth across the mouth of the Pasco River in Nth.Qld.about 20 k off shore which in the wet freshwater can be found 40 k out from the coast line.
Fresh water drowns those in the sea that comes in contact with it as we found in our storage tank full of crays that was fed water pumped from the sea.
Once we cleared the Pasco River channel the water returned to it's former salty self

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