Turtle watching at Mon Repos beach

Saturday night we drove to Mon Repos beach, which is near Bundaberg, in order to see if we could watch any turtles hatching from nests on the beach. It turns out this is a really popular spot for nesting turtles and is protected by all sorts of conservation laws. Fortunately we are here near the end of the season and were rewarded with about 4 nests hatching while we were there. We were led onto the beach by a ranger who said a nest was just hatching, but we couldn’t get to it as another nest had also just hatched and hundreds of baby turtles were scrambling down the beach to reach the water. They were tiny and very cute but we couldn’t photograph them as the light could confuse them, however one of the rangers picked one up and let us photograph it and handle it before putting it in the water. Afterwards he dug out the nest to count how many eggs had hatched, how many didn’t develop and rescue any critters that couldn’t dig their way out. We found two more in the nest that were alive but couldn’t get out (they were too knackered) and would have died if we hadn’t rescued them.
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