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An adorable nest of siblings has made a brave journey into the ocean at Horseshoe Bay.

The turtle hatchlings ventured into the water at Bowen on Sunday night as part of the yearly phenomenon.

Bowen sea turtle rehabilitation co-ordinator Tracey Bazzo said turtles headed to Bowen to lay their eggs between October and March each year.

This season brought plenty of turtles, with a flatback turtle laying the latest hatchlings.

Ms Bazzo said the mother turtle likely hatched at Horseshoe Bay herself, which is why she returned to lay her own eggs.

 

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It can take about 50-60 days for those eggs to hatch.

"If any of those hatchlings survive they'll probably come back to Horseshoe Bay," she said.

"Sometimes the nests don't hatch, sometimes they could be washed out or rained out."

Ms Bazzo said one in 10,000 hatchlings would survive the next chapter of their lives, as they had now entered the water to live independently.

Tracey Bazzo found a lost turtle hatchling in the car park at Horseshoe Bay and helped it into the sea.
Tracey Bazzo found a lost turtle hatchling in the car park at Horseshoe Bay and helped it into the sea.

On Monday, the morning after the turtles hatched, Ms Bazzo headed down to Horseshoe Bay to guide three lost hatchlings towards the ocean.

She only found one deceased.

"If you get three quarters of the pit (nest) out there that's a pretty good average," Ms Bazzo said.

"Depending on weather, birds, foxes; they all make a big difference.

"Let's hope that they swim around, the first few days are crucial because they've got to find their bearings because it's the first time they've done it."

 

 

 

Ms Bazzo said she had been receiving phone calls from members of the public about other nests in the area.

Community members help monitor the nests to observe whether the eggs have hatched or not.

"The general public are wonderful with things like that, it's like it's their own babies," she said.

Turtle hatchlings made their way into the ocean at Horseshoe Bay but Tracey Bazzo had to help this lost youngster find its way. Photo: Tracey Bazzo
Turtle hatchlings made their way into the ocean at Horseshoe Bay but Tracey Bazzo had to help this lost youngster find its way. Photo: Tracey Bazzo

Ms Bazzo said many people in Bowen were very respectful of the nests and didn't disturb them.

"You've got to let nature its course," she said.


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