Since the beginning of time, sea turtles have been returning to the land to lay their eggs on beaches all around the world. While this strategy has served them well in the past, today all sea turtle species are experiencing a range of human-induced impacts that are threatening their continued survival.
The main species nesting on our local Sunshine Coast beaches are the Loggerhead turtle and less frequently, the Green turtle. Even though Australia's eastern population of nesting Loggerheads is only about five hundred nesting females, the Sunshine Coast's population of sea turtles continues to be a small but meaningful sub-population.
The countdown is on for turtle hatchlings to leave their nests and start their ocean journey - such a big event for such little creatures. I know Sunshine Coasters would be keen to help Nature's precious little bundles reach the ocean, and what better way to do this than ensuring these cute little hatchlings have a clear run all the way down to the water.
2021 marks the 8th annual clean up for the turtle hatchlings on the Sunshine Coast. The aim of this awesome event is to inspire the whole community to come together to help clean up Sunshine Coast beaches, in preparation for the hatchling turtles to emerge from their nests across the coast. All the collected litter information will be passed onto the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database to help encourage source reduction discussions.
Even though the Clean Up for the Hatchlings is a totally FREE event, volunteers are still encouraged to register online, to assist the organisers with numbers attending. Registration can be done online here.
The free Clean Up for the Hatchlings event is a turtley awesome way to show and share our love for our local wildlife, by getting together and cleaning up for the turtle hatchlings, ensuring they all have a really good start in life. Pick up debris and save the turtles!