Marine strandings update—November 2018

The strandings reported in the tables and graphs below include dugongs, marine turtles and humpback whales that were dead, sick, injured, incapacitated, entangled or rescued. The numbers may be subject to change as additional information and reports are received. Reports that have not yet been verified by staff as being accurate are not included.

Table 1: Total annual dugong strandings reported and verified for each calendar year, and from 1 January to 21 November of 2018.
Year20142015201620172018
Total 49 21 24 18  22
Table 2: Regional distribution of dugong strandings reported and verified for the period from 1 January to 21 November of each year.
Location20142015201620172018
  1. Moreton Bay, 27°
9 4 8 3 4
  1. Hervey Bay, 25°
2 5 4 4 4
  1. Rockhampton, 23°
1 2 0 2 2
  1. Mackay, 21°
1 3 2 1 1
  1. Townsville, 19°
2 1 5 4 7
  1. Cairns, 16°
0 1 0 1 1
Remainder of Queensland 32 5 3 2 3
Graph showing Figure 1: Cumulative dugong strandings per month for each year since 2014. For comparision, the black dashed line indicates the record number of dugong strandings in 2011 after the severe weather events of summer 2010-11.

Figure 1: Cumulative dugong strandings per month for each year since 2014. For comparision, the black dashed line indicates the record number of dugong strandings in 2011 after the severe weather events of summer 2010–11.

Table 3: Total annual marine turtle strandings reported and verified for each calendar year, and from 1 January to 21 November of 2018.
Year20142015201620172018
Total 1217 840 607 573 374
Table 4: Regional distribution of marine turtle strandings reported and verified for the period from 1 January to 21 November of each year.
Location20142015201620172018
  1. Moreton Bay, 27°
436 280 278 269 227
  1. Hervey Bay, 25°
162 56 61 50 4
  1. Rockhampton, 23°
106 48 35 36 35
  1. Mackay, 21°
29 21 13 11 7
  1. Townsville, 19°
68 51 29 42 27
  1. Cairns, 16°
18 23 12 10 9
Remainder of Queensland 309 280 103 79 65
Graph showing Figure 2: Cumulative marine turtle strandings per month for each year since 2014. For comparision, the black dashed line indicates the record number of marine turtle strandings in 2011 after the severe weather events of summer 2010-11.

Figure 2: Cumulative marine turtle strandings per month for each year since 2014. For comparision, the black dashed line indicates the record number of marine turtle strandings in 2011 after the severe weather events of summer 2010–11.

Table 5: Total annual humpback whale strandings reported and verified for each calendar year, and from 1 January to 21 November of 2018.
Year20142015201620172018
Total 13 11 22 47 16
Table 6: Regional distribution of humpback whale strandings reported and verified for the period from 1 January to 21 November of each year.
Location20142015201620172018
  1. Moreton Bay, 27°
3 4 8 9 3
  1. Hervey Bay, 25°
1 3 3 15 4
  1. Rockhampton, 23°
0 0 0 2 0
  1. Mackay, 21°
1 1 0 2 1
  1. Townsville, 19°
0 0 1 0 0
  1. Cairns, 16°
0 0 0 1 0
Remainder of Queensland 8 3 10 18 8
Graph showing Figure 3: Cumulative humpback whale strandings per month for each year since 2014. For consistency with Figures 1 and 2, strandings from 2011 are also included as the black dashed line.

Figure 3: Cumulative humpback whale strandings per month for each year since 2014. For consistency with Figures 1 and 2, strandings from 2011 are also included as the black dashed line.