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UPDATE: Close call as dogs walk through Tannum turtle nest

The turtle nest at Tannum Sands was disturbed by a dog overnight - but the eggs are still ok and are yet to hatch. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer
The turtle nest at Tannum Sands was disturbed by a dog overnight - but the eggs are still ok and are yet to hatch. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer Tegan Annett

UPDATE January 19 12.45pm:

THE flat back turtle nest at Tannum Sands was disturbed by dogs last night.

This morning paw prints (pictured) were seen through the middle of the nest.

Conservation Volunteer Association project manager Jodi Jones said it was lucky that the eggs were not disturbed.

Ms Jones said it wasn't the first time wild dogs proved troublesome for turtle nests.

"Predators are a worry for our turtle nest.

"Foxes have already destroyed one of the nests that was at Lilley's Beach," she said.

They were expected to hatch on January 17.

UPDATE January 18 8.30am:

 

Jodi Jones from Conservation Volunteers Australia watches of the turtle eggs at the Tannum Sands main beach. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Jodi Jones from Conservation Volunteers Australia watches of the turtle eggs at the Tannum Sands main beach. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

 

THERE was no movement from the turtles at Tannum Sands Millennium Esplanade on this weekend.

The nest was laid on December 26 and they were expected to hatch on January 17,

Conservation Volunteer Australia project coordinator Jodi Jones said she saw no signs of the turtles hatching at the beach yesterday afternoon.

"It could be hard to see because there has been so much wind around, so the sand can cover the tracks.

"I'm hoping to see something this morning though because it's likely they would have hatched early in the morning," she said.

On Saturday a nest at Agnes Water hatched and residents captured the moment with their cameras as the baby turtles made their way down to the water.

See these cute photos of the Agnes Water hatchlings:

January 5:

FLATBACK turtles have chosen Tannum Sands main beach to lay their nests with two already netted, and possibly a third sited on the beach.

The second nest was laid on December 26, and Conservation Volunteer Australia project coordinator Jodi Jones said they may have found a third nest in close proximity.

It comes as more than 150 nests were laid at Curtis Island, with the first hatchlings already having made their way to the water.

Ms Jones said the nesting sites have been used by turtles before, possibly 20 years ago.

She said they have found other nests at Lileys Beach and Canoe Point too.

"It is really exciting the Gladstone region is so lucky to have such an amazing biodiversity.

"Turtles are one of our signature creatures but we're also lucky to have dolphins, dugongs and shorebirds," she said.

The first nest at Tannum Sands main beach is expected to hatch on January 17.

Ms Jones said they would not picket the beach.

"When the young ones hatch they will lay beneath the surface of the sand for a period of time until the surface temperature of the sand has cooled down and they can make their way to ocean," she said.

Topics:  conservation volunteers, tannum sands main beach, turtles




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