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Sea turtle track at Gnaraloo

A visit from DPaW and a second nest

Yesterday, we had the privilege to have had Keely Markovina (Nature Conservation Ranger) and Peter Barnes (Ningaloo Marine Park Manager) come and visit us, the new GTCP 2016/17 team, at Gnaraloo station. They both work up in the Ningaloo Marine Park with DPaW (Department of Park and Wildlife). Annually we get them coming over to check how we are doing and how our research program is developing seasonally.

Last night we exchanged presentations about our research and data collected over the years. With this we also shared our own crazy conservation stories. It was a lovely evening. Thereafter, this morning, we invited Keely and Peter to join us on our morning Day Survey at the Gnaraloo Bay Rookery. We couldn’t have been much luckier, as we found our second loggerhead nest for the season 2016/17!! It was tricky to identify if it was a successful nest (even for the professionals!?), but at the end we all agreed to tack it as a successful nest. Only time will tell…

We thank you to Keely and Peter for the brief but lovely visit at Gnaraloo. We hope to be seeing you again when we start out nest excavations!!
Happy Turtleing!!

Sophia Dahl

Sea turtle monitoring in Western Autralia
The GTCP 2016/17 team and DPAW on the Day Survey identifying our second loggerhead nest (photo by Imogen Webster)
Visit from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA)
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