About 470 Mary River turtle hatchlings have emerged
ABOUT 470 Mary River turtle hatchlings emerged from the protected nests this year - a third less than the number that was born last year.
Tiaro Landcare president Marilyn Connell said while the figure was disappointing, last year was an above-average year and this year had failed to deliver weather-wise.
"We didn't do as well this year," she said.
"It was so dry - it was such a dry summer that some of the eggs were dehydrated."
Ms Connell said about 900 hatchlings was usually what those involved with the Mary River Turtle Project aimed for each hatching season.
"We expect some years to be low and some years to be high," she said.
Ms Connell said at the start of the nesting season, there were no clutches for about a month as a result of the dry weather.
In 2015 there were 87 clutches laid - 27 more than this year.
"Last year was a good year," Ms Connell said.