Turtles struggle to thrive

Turtles struggle to thrive

Turtles struggle to thrive 1024 969 Layla Kirchhoff

In Mapoon Shire, turtle nesting season, which runs from July to October, is underway, but the turtles’ future is not bright.

The greatest threat to turtle nests is feral pigs that dig up and eat the turtle eggs. Other threats include people, driving on beaches, marine pollution such as plastic bags and climate change which is washing away nesting sites, and changing the gender mix of turtles so there are more females than males.

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Image by Jason Guivarra

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