MURRAY ISLAND – TIGER SHARKS, GREEN TURTLE

June 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


In the northern Coral Sea near the border between Australia and Papua New Guinea is this small island where locals still live off the sea.  They are legally allowed to take dugong and turtles for food.  This tiger shark was caught on a set-line at night.  It is still alive and was later removed from the hook.

Murray Island has a commercial airstrip with connecting flights to Thursday Island and Cairns, North Queensland.  There is accommodation available (not cheap) but no tourist facilities.  It might be possible to hire a local small speedboat to visit nearby islands and reefs. Crayfish are plentiful as are the triton trumpet sea shells.

Dugong - allowed for traditional hunters.

Dugong – allowed for traditional hunters.

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