Mon Repos Conservation Park volunteer Sue Barber helps this little turtle as it breaks free from the sand.
Mon Repos Conservation Park volunteer Sue Barber helps this little turtle as it breaks free from the sand. Max Fleet BUNTURT

Turtles turn heads with visitors

THE turtles at Mon Repos Conservation Park remain one of the hottest tickets in the region with another capacity evening at the turtle rookery last night.

More than 300 people headed to the national park in the hope of watching turtles on the beach.

The keen visitors were treated to the sight of six loggerheads and one flatback nesting at the world-famous rookery.

A further four loggerhead turtles emerged from the ocean.

But they did not nest on the beach.

The impressive night takes total visitor numbers for the season up to almost 8950 people.

The season, which started in early November, has seen 220 loggerheads nest, four flatbacks and one green turtle.

The majestic turtles have been the subject of an aggressive and expensive tourism marketing campaign aimed at attracting visitors to the region in the wake of the 2010 floods.



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