Having reviewed the turtles life history lesson you will now understand that sea turtles need a variety of habitats throughout their life. Here on the GC we have both feeding areas and nesting areas and it is crucial that we look after them if we want to give the turtles the best chance of survival. The seagrass meadows of Moreton Bay Marine Park and even further South into GC waterways are known turtle feeding areas. Turtles also like to graze on algae, sponges, jellyfish and invertebrates living on natural and artificial reefs including our rock walls along the coast.
Turtles return to nest on beaches from the region they hatched, above the high tide line and usually in vegetated dunes. While our Gold Coast sand dunes have been modified over time causing changes and reductions in native vegetation diversity, we have seen turtles return to some of our beaches. Ensuring that the sand dunes are in good condition is vital to turtle nesting success, please be mindful of trampling dune vegetation when you are enjoying the beach.