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They made it! Fifty baby turtles hatched at Agnes Water

IT WAS a sight many would pay to see as fifty newly hatched turtles successfully made their way down the Agnes Water main beach after being stuck in the sand all day, Thursday night.

All the odds were against them, as the nest was right between a dug out fire pit and carved out tire tracks which disrupted the dunes, despite signs surrounding the nest saying 'do not disturb the dunes.'

Agnes Water local Linda Reinhold, who has a permit to monitor turtles nests said with only two undeveloped eggs, it was a very successful nest.

"There were four stragglers who couldn't climb out of the nest to meet their brothers and sisters.

"So myself along with four other women helped to guide them to the ocean."
 

"It's important these little fellas' get a good run down their home beach so they can imprint and come back to lay their own eggs in 20 years time.

"Flatbacks are quite site-specific and lay clutches at two week intervals through the season. So watch out for more in two weeks time."

There's also a nest of Flatback turtles at Tannum Sands main beach due to hatch sometime tomorrow.

Topics:  agnes water, environment, turtle



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