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Leave turtle nests and eggs undisturbed

Vehicle tracks through flatback turtle nests
Vehicle tracks through flatback turtle nests Marissa Speir, Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding members of the public to leave marine turtle nests and eggs undisturbed, to maximise potential breeding success.

Pilbara region senior marine ranger Chris Roy said the department had recently received reports of people disturbing nests in the Port Hedland and Wickham areas.   

“It is nesting season over the next few months and it is important people allow this natural process to take place unhindered,” Mr Roy said.

“Since very few marine turtle hatchlings survive to adulthood and reproductive age, we should be doing all we can to ensure successful incubation and hatching to promote the long-term survival of these threatened species.

“Please leave turtle nests alone and avoid driving on beaches where turtles nest from November to April.”

Mr Roy urged community members to report any suspicious activity occurring in turtle nesting areas by calling the Parks and Wildlife Karratha office on 9182 2000.

Marine turtles in Australia are protected under State and Federal laws.

The key nesting species in this region include flatback, green and hawksbill turtles.

Watching turtles crawl up the beach, dig a nest and lay their eggs can be a wonderful experience, but it needs to be done carefully to avoid disturbing the turtle.

For more information, view the turtle watchers’ code of conduct: https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/management/marine/marine-wildlife/66-marine-turtles-in-western-australia?showall=&start=2

 

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