LONG-time Wellington Point residents were left scratching their heads on the weekend after a large mangrove tree was sawn off at the trunk and the branches left strewn in the tide in Waterloo Bay.
Windsurfer Glynn Merritt said the tree had been at the site for more than 30 years.
He spotted the hacked tree on Friday after the heavy rain but a closer inspection found its trunk was sawn most of the way through.
Redland City Council was contacted and was investigating. Fines for damaging mangroves can be as much as $96,772 or 850 penalty units at $113.85 per unit.