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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Dead Elephant Seal Found On South Bruny - Mike Pemberton - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Dead Elephant Seal Found On South Bruny - Mike Pemberton - Tasmanian Government Media Releases
Surfers are advised they may chose to avoid Lighthouse Bay at South Bruny after a dead elephant seal was found at the high tide mark.



It is possible the large seal carcase may attract sharks.



Mike Pemberton, the acting head of the Biodiversity Conservation Branch of DPIWE, said the 4.1metre seal, which was found yesterday, is estimated to weigh 2.5 tonnes and is about three metres around the girth.



“Officers of the Marine Conservation Section of DPIWE inspected the carcase of the middle aged adult and said there appeared to be nothing suspicious about its death,” Mr Pemberton said..



“In a joint operation with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, samples were taken for analysis.



“There is a slight possibility the carcase, which is being washed over at high tide, may attract sharks.”



Lighthouse Bay is in the South Bruny National Park and is difficult to access by vehicles.



The carcase will left to decompose naturally.

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