Jewfish heads were left to rot.
Jewfish heads were left to rot. Contributed

Fish heads dumped in paradise could attract crocodiles

ALONG the pristine sands of Cape Hillsborough's bay, decaying fish heads the size of footballs were left to rot.

The stench was revolting.

The Daily Mercury received reports about large jewfish heads discarded on the national park's shoreline at the weekend.

Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort and Tourist Park owner Ben Atherton described the careless act as "disrespectful and low."

"It was one of our busiest weekends," Mr Atherton said.

"We had 90 guests in the caravan park and there wasn't a free space in the car park."

Fish heads decomposing along the shore happens a few times a year.

Mr Atherton said his guests noticed the jewfish early in the morning.

"A few backpackers had woken up early to see the kangaroos on the beach," he said. "They came back and told me there were some fish heads."

By mid afternoon the putrid odour was beginning to become overpowering.

"We took matters into our own hands," he said.

Mr Atherton removed a number of fish heads from the front of his resort.

As well as the rotten fish being an eyesore, the decaying bones and flesh also had the potential to attract crocodiles, he said.

"We all have crocodiles in our areas. But this is just encouraging them to come closer," he said.

"The scattered bones are also a hazard for people walking on the beach."


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