It's peak nesting time for turtles at Mon Repos near Bundaberg and with the recent flood event times.
As the clean-up gets underway in homes around Wide Bay, the loss of animals and wildlife is being discovered.
Mon Repos is home to hundreds of turtle hatchlings each year, with January and February being their peak nesting time.
As strong winds and floodwaters hit the coast, the small turtles had to fight the force of nature to survive.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) head ranger, Cathy Gatley says the clean-up has begun on eroded beaches which are covered in debris and rubbish including boats.
"Turtle nests that were incubating on the beach would be lost, we're yet to assess exactly how many we've lost," says Cathy.
More will be discovered over coming weeks as the clean-up continues.
Cathy was speaking to ABC's Fiona Sewell.