Turtles lay by the dozen

LOGGERHEAD turtles are laying in droves with more than 160 turtles recorded on the beach by Mon Repos Conservation Park rangers.

Mon Repos Conservation Park ranger in charge Cathy Gatley said five flatback turtles had visited the beach and the numbers were usual for this time of year.

Mrs Gatley said they had not found a disorientated turtle for the past couple of weeks.

“I continue to encourage people to do what they are doing and keep that glow down,” she said.

Ms Gatley said over the next couple of weeks rangers would begin to fit satellite trackers to some turtles.

Tips to help cut the glow to stop turtles from wandering include turning off unnecessary lighting, closing curtains and blinds, using motion sensors for outdoor lighting, using low-pressure sodium light, position your lights to face away from the beach and plant vegetation buffers to shield the lights.

These tips should be observed from 7.30pm from mid-October to April.



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