Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Turtles in Need of Protection

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Turtles in Need of Protection

Article excerpt

LIVING in Mackay gives us all many opportunities to observe wildlife with our own eyes rather than on television.

In recent weeks people have been watching the annual migration of whales up the Queensland coast.

Another regular event is the arrival of sea turtles on our beaches from about October to January.

Sea turtles are amazing creatures. They have been around in one form or another for 100million years.

There are seven species of sea turtles found around the globe and six of them are found in Australian waters. Mackay's mainland and island beaches are mostly visited by green and flatback turtles to build nests for their eggs.

The green turtle gets its name from the green fat found in healthy adults.

Unlike humans, sea turtles don't have sex chromosomes so you can't do a DNA test to determine whether a turtle is male or female.

Their gender is dependent on the temperature in the nest before they are born.

In the lower parts of a turtle nest the temperature is generally cooler, producing more males. …

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