Tur­tle trio given names

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Three fe­male marine tur­tles tagged by re­searchers on Nin­ga­loo Reef will stand out from the crowd thanks to new names given to them by the pub­lic in the Nin­ga­loo Out­look tur­tle-nam­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The BHP Bil­li­ton-CSIRO Nin­ga­loo Out­look pro­gram ran a com­pe­ti­tion for mem­bers of the pub­lic to vote on their tagged tur­tles’ names for the first time this year, and last week an­nounced the win­ning names as Jurabi, Nin­gles and Bud­gial.

Jurabi, named for the place where one en­trant saw tur­tles for the first time, was the pop­u­lar favourite with 47 per cent of the vote. Nin­gles, short­ened from Nin­ga­loo, and Bud­gial, an Abo­rig­i­nal name for sea tur­tle from a tra­di­tional story, were sec­ond and third.

The com­pe­ti­tion was open for vot­ing to all mem­bers of the pub­lic and re­ceived a to­tal of 665 votes.

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