Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)
Loggerhead turtles and green turtles nest on Noosa beaches from November to March, Both are threatened species, with the loggerhead turtle listed as endangered under state and Commonwealth legislation. Sea turtles usually lay around 100-125 eggs per nest and it is estimated that only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to reach adulthood. Hatchling sex is determined by the sand temperature the eggs incubate in. Eggs that incubate below 27.7°C will be male and eggs that incubate above 27.7°C will be female.
Please report stranded, ill or dead turtles to the Queensland Government’s Marine Animal Stranding Hotline - 1300 ANIMAL (1300 130 372). Never place a sick turtle back in the water, they require specialised care and may drown.
Sea turtles face numerous threats throughout all stages of their lifecycle. Significant threats facing our local turtle populations include:
Our community plays a major role in helping to conserve sea turtles. You can help our sea turtle overcome increasing threats to their survival through:
Given increasing threats to sea turtles, Noosa Council is working closely with the community and partner organisations to deliver the following conservation initiatives: