Tips and Tricks for Sea Turtle Nesting Season
By Erica Malpass
With summer here, sea turtle nesting season is approaching. With summer comes more and more people at the beach, but there are some things you need to remember while you’re enjoying your day in the sun. November- April is nesting season for Australia’s sea turtles, and with that comes some precautions that should be taken on our beaches. Sea turtles are threatened or endangered, so while you are out on the beach please be cautious and aware of your surroundings. We must do all we can to protect these amazing creatures. To help ensure the safety of our turtles, we have put together the top tips and tricks for you to know this nesting season.
Tips for the Nesting Season:
- If you notice tracks or a disturbance in the sand, RSPCA’s 1300 ANIMAL hotline (1300 264 625)
- If you see a turtle, do not disturb her or harass her. Lights and noise can startle nesting females so if you want to take a picture, be sure your flash is turned OFF and remain quiet!
- Maintain a respectful distance! Large crowds can cause an immense amount of stress on the nesting female
- Do not tread on or disturb turtle nests, they are listed as endangered or vulnerable species and any type of disturbance could lead to a hefty fine.
- Throw away your rubbish so as not to attract any unwanted pests. We need to avoid any potential predation of nests that can occur. Also, clearing rubbish will ensure the safety of the hatchling’s health as they make their way to the ocean
- Do not try to feed turtles, this can cause them more harm
- If you see any suspicious behaviour, please report it!
Following this list will help ensure that both nesting females and their hatchlings are safe and that we have a successful nesting season.
To follow the quick tips and tricks for a successful nesting season, you need to be aware of the most popular nesting beaches in your area. The Queensland Coast is famous for sea turtle nesting as well as other regions in Australia. Here are just a few of the top beaches around the region that you may experience seeing a nesting sea turtle:
- Whitsunday Beaches
- Bundaberg Coast
- Mon Repos Conservation Regional Park
- Bowling Green Bay
- Moreton Bay
- Lady Musgrave Island
- Lady Elliot Island
- Great Barrier Reef Islands
- Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
- Bare Sand Island, Northern Territory
This summer if you have a chance to visit any of these beaches or you live near one, make sure to watch out for turtle nesting! It’s an amazing experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Also, remember that although these are some of the most well-known beaches, turtles will nest anywhere so you never know which beach you will see a turtle nesting on. Just remember to follow our tips!