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Turtles at Mon Repos

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Views [284]

Loggerhead turtle laying eggs at Mon Repos

Loggerhead turtle laying eggs at Mon Repos

amazing experience watching turtles lay their eggs on a moonlit beach at Mon Repos near Bunderburg. We watched one Loggerhead turtle (about one metre long) come up the beach, dig a deep hole with her flippers and lay 131 eggs in it before burying them with the sand and going back to the sea. because the turtles are protected, the conservationists decided to move the eggs to higher ground to protect them from the higher spring tides. We all helped to carry the eggs to a new nest hole, they were like shiny white ping pong balls. The whole evening was a magical one. Here is a photo of a turtle, it appears to be crying but that's how they get rid of excess salt, really she was happy especially after all that egg-laying!

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