Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Tracking Tiny Turtles at Tiaro

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Tracking Tiny Turtles at Tiaro

Article excerpt

A PARTNERSHIP between Uni-

versity of Queensland researchers and the Tiaro Landcare Group has seen the release of very young tagged freshwater turtles with transmitters.

Mariana Campbell, who is researching the Mary River turtle for her PhD, said never before had technology allowed such young turtles to be tagged.

aThat was a big achievement to release such young Mary River turtles with transmitters,a Ms Campbell said.

aThis is the first study of acoustic tagging of such small turtles. It was only possible with the financial support of Tiaro Landcare who paid for the tags.

aPlus it is only now that the technology has improved to develop such small tags which make this study so novel.a

Tiaro Landcare Group president Ron Black said watching the little turtles run down into the river with their little black transmitters on their backs was an amazing experience.

aFinally after so many years of protecting nests we have a chance to find out what is happening to these endangered turtles,a Mr Black said. …

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