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Australia: Baby turtles about to emerge from nests 4 Jan 2014

The pitter patter of tiny flippers soon will be heard along Sunshine Coast beaches, with the first turtle hatchlings expected to emerge from nests in early February.

Sunshine Coast Turtle Care coordinator Kate Winter said there were about 30 nests scattered along the dunes between Sunshine Beach and Shelly Beach.

"There is an even spread of nests along the coast and this year we have a few nests at Moffat and Dicky beaches, keeping the local volunteers very busy," she said.

"We had our first nest at Moffat Beach on November 28, which was within the normal timeframe for the Sunshine Coast."

About 10 turtles were responsible for the nests, Ms Winter said, with most of them loggerhead turtles and a few green turtles.

With loggerhead turtles an endangered species in Queensland, the Sunshine Coast nesting population is important.

Foxes were the greatest threat to incubating eggs, Ms Winter said, and the most important role of TurtleCare volunteers was protecting the nests with meshing.

"The mesh allows hatchlings to get out of the nest, but stops the foxes predating the eggs and developing hatchlings," she said.

"If a beach walker spots a nest, it's important to report it to council so the volunteers can record data, mesh the nest and monitor it for safety throughout the season."

Ms Winter said it was important to not interfere with hatchlings or nests.

If you see turtle tracks, nesting turtles or turtle hatchlings from Golden Beach to Point Cartwright and Sunshine Beach north to Teewah, phone Ms Winter on 5475 8865.

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