LITTLE SWIMMERS: Loggerhead turtle emerges on Yaroomba Beach.
LITTLE SWIMMERS: Loggerhead turtle emerges on Yaroomba Beach. Leigh Warneminde

Loggerheads flock to Coast in storm

TURTLE populations are swarming North Shore beaches in record breaking numbers, giving the endangered loggerhead's a greater chance at survival.

This year a remarkable 51 nests have been identified between Alexandra Headlands and Alexandria Bay, a whopping 24 more than last nesting season.

Coolum & North Shore Coast Care president Leigh Warneminde said this season has been a lot of hard work, but it was a privilege to watch the latest 146 hatchlings at Yaroomba make it safely to the ocean.

"We don't interfere, we let nature take its course,” Ms Warneminde said.

"They're ancient animals, they've been around for years and they can do it all by themselves if we give them the space to do so.”

The not-for-profit association has kept a year round watch on turtles, which picked up over the hatching season.

The volunteers try to protect the endangered species from threats that include animals, marine debris, human impact and light, and relocate nests if they're too close to the ocean.

"Light issues are huge for turtles, it can make the hatchling's navigations skewed, which is why we're concerned about developments along the whole coastline,” Ms Warneminde said.

There are still several recorded nesting sites being monitored on the Coast.



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