Dead birds on Cap Coast beaches spark pollution concerns
WATER quality concerns have been raised after numerous dead birds were found washed up on Capricorn Coast beaches.
A Rockhampton resident is concerned about the quality of water off the coast of Yeppoon after he found 10 dead birds along the main beach at the weekend.
"While walking under 1km of beach from Yeppoon Main Beach to the mouth of Ross Creek I counted about 10 dead birds and two dead puffer fish," said the man, who has not been identified.
"I also noticed masses of pumice on the beach.
"I've come across plenty of pumice before but this felt strange and slimy and was half black. The water in Ross Creek also looked a bit oily."
After sharing his discovery with friends, the man said he was shocked to hear more dead birds had been found further up the coast.
"I was talking to some of my friends about finding the birds and they said they had seen numerous dead birds on Farnborough Beach as well," he said.
The Department of Fisheries and Forestry and the Queensland Department of Wildlife are looking into the matter.