Turtle hatching success on Curtis Island

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ANOTHER successful season is nearing an end for the Curtis Island turtle hatchery.

Long time conservationist Pe- ter Barrett said turtles had been hatching since about the first week of December, but the bulk of the new births were now over for another year.

'The flatbacks (species) will probably go until towards the end of February, the green turtles will probably go until mid March,' Mr Barrett said.

'People have seen tracks (re- cently) on the beach that are more than likely greens. 'The only ones hatching at the moment are the greens.'

If people come over to the is- land there's a 98 per cent chance they won't see anything at the moment. We've had a pretty good sea- son.

'Roughly 55 turtles laid, which is on par with previous years.'

Mr Barrett said a flatback laid 50-55 eggs on average, but it was impossible to give figures on attri- tion rates.

He said throughout the season he and wife Jan had monitored the progress of nests and helped place anti-fox predation covers to prevent nest raids.



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