Loggerhead hatchlings spotted at 3Mile lagoon during the last school holidays 🐢 A group of teenagers was very lucky to see the turtle nest hatch and observe these tiny hatchlings run towards the ocean.
To behave responsibly near sea turtles and avoid causing unintended problems, please adhere to the following Turtle Watchers Code of Conduct:
• No Glow, Move Slow and Stay Low Flash photography and torches must not be used as these discourage turtles from emerging on the beach, make nesting turtles return to the water and disorientate hatchlings. Sea turtles have a strong sense of smell, perfumes must not be worn. Turtle watchers should move slowly and crouch low to the ground when near turtles to avoid disturbing the nesting.
• Stop, Drop and Act as a Rock When near a turtle, stop (where you are), drop (slowly to the ground) and act as a rock (stay still like a rock). If you follow these guidelines, you will not jeopardize the egg laying and hatching processes.
Turtle monitoring at Gnaraloo Bay and Jane’s Bay: our vollies could tell you without even looking at the turtle that these tell-tale alternating tracks in the sand were made by a beautiful loggerhead!
This season, our NTP team was lucky enough to do some monitoring a little further afield than usual. Not only are Gnaraloo Bay and Jane’s Bay both incredibly picturesque places, they are important turtle nesting areas along the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.
Gnaraloo Bay already has a strong and impressive turtle monitoring history. From 2008 to 2018, great work by Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program found it to be an important nesting area for the endangered loggerhead turtle. Jane’s Bay also has an interesting story. Monitoring was done by Parks and Wildlife from 2002 to 2008. Nesting varied from year to year with lots of nests from both green and loggerhead turtles. Working side by side with Traditional Owner Rangers, we’re now able to take another look at Jane’s Bay.
Having a reliable understanding of turtle activity along the whole Ningaloo Coast is incredibly valuable for conservation and management. If we know where the turtles are nesting, we can work to protect those areas from threats. For example, predation on eggs and hatchlings by feral animals.
This particular shot was taken at Gnaraloo Bay on New Year's Eve. We’re really excited to continue the great work at Gnaraloo Bay and Jane’s Bay, and get an even better understanding of these important areas. ... See MoreSee Less