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Green Turtles in hiding from Coburg researchers 31 Oct 2012

By Steve Schubert

Half a dozen volunteers are camping on the remote Coburg Peninsula this week in the hope of sighting the endangered Green Turtle nesting in the national park.

The group's aiming to tag and collect data on the animals to help conservation scientists assess population numbers.

Conservation Volunteers Australia manager of marine species Glen McFarlane says there's several reasons why it's important to collect data about the turtles.

The volunteers have not only given up their time, but paid thousands of dollars to get there.

Jeff Smith came from Maroochydore in Queensland to join the turtle camp and says the idea of seeing a unique part of Australia with like-minded people attracted him.

But for all of the group's efforts, they haven't actually seen a turtle yet.

"Moral would be better if we saw a turtle, but it's been pretty good, we're like minded people up here who are really cool to hang out with.

"We've been able to learn a lot information from people like Glen who knows so much, it's been really positive."

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