Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

A Life-Long Love of Turtles; Fifty Years on Col's Still Researching

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

A Life-Long Love of Turtles; Fifty Years on Col's Still Researching

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THE first turtles have arrived at Mon Repos to nest, signaling the beginning of turtle season in Queensland.

This turtle season is extra significant as it marks 50 years since Col Limpus launched the Queensland Turtle Conservation Program.

In Queensland, the loggerhead turtle population is showing signs of recovery, which can be directly linked to the practices Dr Limpus and his team have implemented over the past 50 years.

For Dr Limpus, the half-century of research and his love for turtles stems from nights on the beach at Mon Repos as a young child.

"My father brought me down here (to Mon Repos) as a five-year-old child. It was tradition to come to Mon Repos to see the new year in, since 1956.

"I've only missed one new year on the beach with turtles," he said.

"In 1968 I started a four-year study on flatback turtles. All I can say is it got out of hand and it's still going.

"The Queensland Turtle Conservation Program has changed the whole face of conservation of turtles in Queensland. …

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