More tur­tle ac­tiv­ity in data

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A record amount of log­ger­head tur­tle ac­tiv­ity was recorded in this year’s Nin­ga­loo Tur­tle Pro­gram an­nual re­port.

Forty-nine vol­un­teers came to­gether to mon­i­tor beaches dur­ing the 201617 sea­son to col­lect data which will help to pre­dict trends in marine tur­tle pop­u­la­tions along the Nin­ga­loo Coast.

A Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions Nin­ga­loo Marine Park spokesman said thou­sands of hours work went into the re­search.

“A record 696 nests and al­most 1400 false crawls were recorded in the mon­i­tored area over a one-month pe­riod of the nest­ing sea­son,” he said.

A false crawl is a track that shows where a tur­tle came ashore, but left with­out making a nest.

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