Turtle hatchlings are making their way across the sand and back into the ocean at Heron Island.
Turtle hatchlings are making their way across the sand and back into the ocean at Heron Island. TEQ Darren Jew

Hundreds of turtle nests begin to hatch at Heron Island

TINY turtles are stretching their flippers for the first time at Heron Island as they hatch and make their way to the ocean.

Turtle hatchling season has started at the Great Barrier Reef island off Gladstone's coast, and the resort is filled with people keen to catch a glimpse of the spectacle.

But this season is expected to be smaller than last year when 1400 green sea turtles nested on the island.

Heron Island naturalist and activities guide Rachael Jones said they were experiencing a slow nesting season.

"Turtles nest on Heron Island on average every 5-8years," she said.

"Last year we had 1400 green sea turtles that nested from October to April.

 

FIRST VENTURE: Turtle hatchlings are making their way across the sand and back into the ocean at Heron Island.
FIRST VENTURE: Turtle hatchlings are making their way across the sand and back into the ocean at Heron Island. Jaye Vincent

"This year they are only expecting on average 300 nesting turtles.

"We have turtles nesting every year, but not the same ones."

But Ms Jones said visitors were still able to catch a glimpse of the hatchlings between sunset and sunrise.

"We tend to be pretty busy through out the year, but seeing hatchlings is a bonus for our visitors," she said.

Hatchling season will continue until May.



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