Turtle season ends
THE turtle season has ended for the year, with visitor numbers just short of the record set in 2011/12.
Rangers at Mon Repos beach were pleased with the way the season panned out after the 2012/13 season was thrown into turmoil when ex-tropical cyclone Oswald hit the Bundaberg region.
Chief ranger Cathy Gatley said a total of 28,483 visitors went to Mon Repos during this season, which was just short of the record of 29,408.
Ms Gatley said the season finished on a positive note on Sunday night, with three clutches of loggerhead hatchlings emerging and running to the ocean.
"Three enthusiastic groups of visitors sat in awe of the experience," she said.
A total of 350 loggerhead turtles were spotted on the beach, with 12 flatback and three green turtles also coming ashore.
Ms Gatley said although the season had officially ended there would still be turtles hatching along the beach.
She has said the rangers hoped that people seeing the turtles coming ashore to nest and hatchlings heading for the sea would take on board the conservation message.