JOB DONE: An exhausted female loggerhead turtle heads back to the water after laying her eggs on a Discovery Coast beach.
JOB DONE: An exhausted female loggerhead turtle heads back to the water after laying her eggs on a Discovery Coast beach. ROB BLACK GLATURT

Turtles arrive on coast for predicted bumper season

THE whales have just gone and now the turtles are close behind, swimming into the beaches of The Discovery Coast.

We've just seen another bumper migration of mostly humpback whales, up and then back along the Queensland coastline.

Even Migaloo the white whale put in another popular appearance.

And now it is the turn of the turtles to be the stars of the show that brings tourists from around the world to this beautiful region.

The annual whale migration from Antarctica to far north Queensland and back usually runs from mid-July to about now, with the turtle nesting and hatching season running from early November through to about the end of April.

And it looks like being another bumper laying season for the endangered loggerhead and flatback turtles on our beaches, with a few already making an appearance.

The green turtles lay on the offshore islands.

Tourism operators on Lady Elliot Island, off Seventeen Seventy, said the mating season came early and they were expecting another good lay.

Diving instructor Ryan Jeffery said: "We've had a lot of mating that we haven't had previously; that I haven't seen certainly in the last three years.''

Mon Repos beach at Bargara has already had several loggerheads lay their eggs on the beach.

The turtle season was officially welcomed with a traditional ringing of the church bells in Bundaberg this week. Turtle tours begin on November 9.

And there are plenty of turtles around the Gladstone region, with many sightings in the surf.



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