Turtle laying her eggs delights family
ONE lucky Pallarenda family had the chance to witness one of nature’s miracles on Monday night — a green sea turtle laying her eggs.
The turtle laid in excess of 40 eggs after clambering on to Pallarenda Beach near the boatway and the pier.
Paddy Macleod and his family rushed to the beach to watch the turtle.
‘‘We were just walking along the beach and we saw it come out of the water,’’ Mr Macleod said.
‘‘She dug a nest and laid her eggs, she got a bit stuck so we helped her on her way.
‘‘The whole process took about an hour. We lost count at about 40 eggs.’’
The children were delighted to witness the event.
‘‘Our reaction was just wonder, that we live in a part of the world where this happens,’’ Mr Macleod said.
‘‘We were amazed at the weight and the size of the turtle.’’
NQ Wildlife Care Inc’s Lana Allcroft yesterday urged residents to call a carer if they saw a turtle laying eggs.
‘‘They should probably give us a call just so we can carry out our research,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s really our only chance to tag them or to check their tags.’’
Green sea turtles are a protected species and need to be able to lay their eggs at an appropriate depth to ensure at least some of the babies survive.
NQ Wildlife Care Inc can be contacted on 0414 717 374, 24 hours a day.
NATURE . . . Tara, Mitchell and Dylan Macleod watch as a green sea turtle lays her eggs