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Lucky few see turtles hatch


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« on: February 26, 2009, 10:08:29 pm »

TOURISTS at Green Island got a rare thrill this week, as 100 green turtles hatchlings scrambled from their nests and made a bid for freedom.

The hatchlings, that are at risk of being eaten by seabirds and predatory fish, dug out of their sand nests and took off for the sea.

Green Island Resort rooms division manager Sue O'Donnell said it was an awesome experience.

"We lost count of the little turtles but we think there were at least 100 or more running for the water," she said.

"House guests and staff were thrilled and the oohs' and ahhs' just showed the delight of everyone witnessing this very rare and special occasion."

Quicksilver Group environmental and compliance manager Doug Baird said several other nests were found on the island this season. It is thought it is the first time in six years that turtles have nested on the island.

"As soon as the eggs hatch, usually at night time, the young turtles will scramble madly to the water's edge, hoping to gain safety," he said.

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2009/02/26/30741_local-news.html

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