A group of tiny loggerhead turtle hatchlings have been released into the ocean off the Gold Coast today, after they were found in a nest on Tugun beach last week.
Sea World Veterinarian Claire Madden told myGC it is extremely unusual to find a loggerhead turtle nest on the Gold Coast.
“They are a species that are not known to nest down this far south. Normally they nest up near the Great Barrier Reef. To see a nest and hatchlings coming out on Tugun beach was a real surprise,” she said.
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The hatchlings spent five days resting and rehabilitating at Sea World, before they were taken out to sea and released 15 kilometres offshore into the East Australian Current.
“These little hatchlings are a mere 14 grams at the moment but they will grow to a mature size of around 150 kilograms and they can live to up to 50 years of age,” she said.
See the hatchlings being released in the video below:
For more information, visit: seaworld.com.au/conservation