World Turtle News, 09/13/2019
Australia’s Raine Island Recovery Project increasing nesting area, reducing nest inundations for world’s largest population of green sea turtles
“Over the course of the project nearly 40,000 cubic metres of sand has been moved – the equivalent of 16 Olympic-sized swimming pools – to double the amount of area that is high enough for turtles to nest in without their eggs becoming inundated by the tide and drowning,” said Ms Marsden.
“Raine Island is the largest nesting site for green sea turtles in the world, with up to 60,000 turtles each season, Sir David Attenborough described it as ‘one of the most spectacular ocean migrations on the planet.’ However, changes in the island’s landscape have caused tidal inundation of many nests – drowning newly laid eggs which cannot survive underwater,” she said.
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