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Guide to help identify North-West marine life

Green turtle hatchlings
Green turtle hatchlings Meghan Segers


  • New information about nesting and hatching turtles, estuarine crocodiles and other species
  • Updated guide raises awareness of marine values and wildlife in WA’s North-West

A handy guide for identifying North-West marine wildlife has been expanded to include information about sea turtles and other key species.

Launching the latest edition of the guide today, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said it was available as a durable, water-proof booklet for boaters, and as an online download.

“This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Western Australia’s remarkable marine wildlife,” Mr Jacob said.

“The new publication includes added pages about nesting and hatching turtles, estuarine crocodiles and the red-tailed tropicbird.

“This adds to existing material on whales, dolphins, fish and birdlife found in marine waters from Shark Bay Marine Park to the Northern Territory border.

“A map of WA’s marine parks and reserves has also been updated to reflect new and proposed marine park areas being created as part of the State Government’s $81.5million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.”

Produced by the Department of Parks and Wildlife with financial support from ExxonMobil Australia, the identification guide replaces a popular earlier version published in May 2011.

The Minister said the booklet provided important information about significant or threatened marine fauna and ways the public could assist with conserving marine life.

“Visitation to our North-West continues to increase with a broader understanding of the region’s beauty and unique natural environment,” he said.

“The guide helps raise awareness of the North-West’s marine values and wildlife, and appropriate behaviour by boaters and fishers.”

Fact File

  • Hardcopy version available from Parks and Wildlife offices in Kununurra, Broome, Karratha, Exmouth and the Jurabi Turtle Centre.
  • Picture of green turtle hatchlings that features in the guide is attached.




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