Turtle sightings are common in the ocean surrounding our beaches but until recently it was thought that nesting activities within the region were mainly confined to isolated beaches on South Stradbroke Island. It has recently come to our attention that turtles are still nesting on Gold Coast beaches after some hatchlings were found stranded in the dunes in March 2020.
The image below shows one of the Loggerhead hatchlings found on a southern Gold Coast beach being held by a member of the Sea World Marine Rescue team. The hatchlings were found by some concerned members of the public who recognised that they were disorientated and fatigued. Thanks to their quick actions in engaging Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Sea World, those hatchings were successfully rehabilitated and released back into the Ocean.
Inspired by the actions of the general public in that situation, Watergum and Sea World have joined forces to create the TurtleWatch Gold Coast program, a citizen science program that uses information from the community to monitor sea turtle activity on the Gold Coast.
This program will teach you how to identify turtles, their tracks and their nests so that you can log your sightings on our online databases and we can ensure that Gold Coast turtles and their environment are protected.