Little turtles a big drawcard
Twenty loggerhead turtle hatchlings are in care at Australian Seabird Rescue following the hatching of a turtle nest at South Golden Beach on Sunday. Onshore winds prevented the hatchlings from escaping the surf with all those in care washed up on the beach after making their way into the water.
Loggerhead turtles are threatened with extinction and listed as endangered by both the NSW and federal governments. ASR will monitor the hatchlings condition and release them back into the wild as soon as they are recovered and deemed strong enough to begin their journey to the open ocean.
Further nests in the Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires are expected to hatch over the coming two weeks and people asked are to be on the look out and to contact ASR on 66862852 should they find any hatchlings on the beach.
If you would like to see a baby turtle up close, or any of the other wildlife in care at ASR, they are opening their doors to the public with daily tours throughout the school holidays.
The tours are an interesting and informative experience for people of all ages. You can learn about some of our local marine wildlife and find out how the things you do can impact on wildlife and how we can all help. Tours begin at 10am every day until Sunday, April 18. ASR is located at 264 North Creek Road, Ballina.