Turtle hatchlings emerging on Teewah Beach

Category:
Other
Applies:
4 March to 30 April 2021
Published:
4 March 2021 10:04am
ID:
20647

This alert applies to the following park:

Visitors to Teewah Beach please be aware that turtle hatchlings are currently emerging from nests on the foredunes, and making their way to the ocean across the exposed beach. Motorists and visitors are asked to minimise disturbance and human impacts on this important breeding ground for endangered marine turtles.

Motorists should exercise caution and look out for turtle hatchlings when traversing on Teewah Beach, and plan to travel at low tide, if safe to do so. If hatchlings are making their way across the beach, motorists should slow down, stop and wait for the hatchlings to reach the ocean, before continuing to drive on Teewah Beach. 

Particular attention should be taken if driving on the beach at night, as this is when hatchlings are most likely to be emerging. Remember, driving over vegetated dunes is dangerous and prohibited. It is damaging to the environment and can impact turtle nests.

On-the-spot fines may apply to visitors disturbing turtle hatchlings or turtle nests.

Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers.

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