Tur­tle lay­ing her eggs de­lights fam­ily

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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.

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NA­TURE . . . Tara, Mitchell and Dylan Macleod watch as a green sea tur­tle lays her eggs

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