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Rains and tides wash away endangered sea turtle nests

Just after I left Mon Repos, the rains came in with high tides; the rain being the tail-end of Cyclone Olga. According to the local newspaper, the Courier-Mail:

“Wild weather has cost Queensland about 12,000 endangered baby loggerhead turtles. More than 100 clutches each containing about 125 eggs have been washed from nests at Mon Repos near Bundaberg after a pounding from high tides and big seas.”

Hopefully the nests relocated to higher ground survived. MoreĀ  than 400 nests were laid this season, a new high since the low of about 100 nests 10 years ago.

Photo of flatback hatchling at Mon Repos by Carla Pereira