Heron turtles come ashore

The turtles, which nest where they are born, are a favourite at Heron Island.
The turtles, which nest where they are born, are a favourite at Heron Island. Contributed

FROM November to March every year, a breeding population of turtles comes ashore on Heron Island to nest about three to seven times during a season.

The turtles nest in the area where they were born, laying on average 120 eggs in one clutch.

In celebration of the annual turtle nesting season, Heron Island resort owners Delaware North Companies (DNC) have partnered with the Sea Turtle Foundation, which is a non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to safeguarding sea turtle populations, migration routes and habitats.

DNC director of marketing Michelle Kenna said many of the island's guests came specifically to see the turtles.

"So we have hatched a partnership with the foundation that provides guests with a greater opportunity to understand and support these amazing creatures," she said.

The partnership helps support the endangered turtles including up to 900 nesting turtles annually on Heron Island.

Topics:  heron island

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