Kids’ delight at loggerhead visit

THE first loggerhead of the turtle nesting season left a nice surprise yesterday for turtle rangers from Year 1 at St Luke’s Anglican School.

Mon Repos Conservation Park ranger-in-charge Cathy Gatley said the loggerhead turtle had been visiting the area during the week, but did not lay her eggs until Wednesday night.

“It is quite normal for the turtles to come and look and then come back to lay another night,” Ms Gatley said.

The loggerhead’s nest takes the total nests on the beach up to four, with flatback turtles having already laid their first clutches.

Ms Gatley said this looked promising for the upcoming turtle tours, which are set to start tomorrow night.

“Hopefully we’ll get a turtle on the beach. They are wild creatures, but that is all part of the charm,” she said.

Ms Gatley also urged residents to be mindful of their lights now that the turtles have arrived.

“It is turtle time so we want people to think about what lights they are using and what they need,” she said.

For more information or to book a turtle tour, telephone 4159 1652.



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