Dozens of sharks and sea creatures wash up on Mount Gambier beach leaving locals baffled


SA authorities are investigating why dozens of sharks and other sea creatures washed up on a beach in the state’s southeast.

The carcasses of wobbegongs, Port Jackson sharks, stingrays, octopuses, fish and crabs were discovered earlier this week on the beach at Eight Mile Creek, 24km south of Mount Gambier.

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Locals said between 40 and 60 wobbegongs were found on the beach on Monday, January 8, some of them fully grown adults about 2m long.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) said it was investigating the fish mortality event.

Following water testing, it said low salinity levels as a result of high rainfall was the likely cause of the fish kill, but further testing was underway.

“PIRSA have collected tissue samples to rule out aquatic diseases and testing is underway,” a spokesperson said.

Wobbegong and other shark species were found at Eight Mile Creek. Credit: Limestone Coast Community News

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