Hook dangers on Capricorn Coast beaches should sink in
IT WAS a close call for Brigette Simpson's dog Lucy recently, after she picked up a large fishing hook which was seconds away from being stuck in her mouth.
But other dogs or residents might not be so lucky.
That was the Yeppoon woman's concern after walking the southern end of Yeppoon's main beach, where fishermen are regularly spotted.
Brigette said it was a large double hook that her dog almost got caught in her mouth.
"I got it out of her mouth just in time, but this hook still had fresh bait on it so it hadn't been there long," she told the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week. "There's always stuff on that part of the beach, I'm disgusted in what people leave behind there.
"I always pick things up that I find, but what if that was a child playing there? I purposely don't walk up to that corner of the beach now because I know there could be something dangerous lying in the sand."
Brigette takes her two dogs walking often along local beaches but said some signage in areas like Ross Creek might encourage people to take their rubbish and fishing tackle with them.
"I love the outdoors and I've always been very environmentally conscious, but that's normal to me; everyone should think about where their litter is going and how it impacts the environment," Brigette said. "I went to Mulambin Beach once and someone had left their dirty nappy behind. Why would you leave that behind?"