VIDEO: The Story of the Turtle Hatchlings
Queensland Museum’s curator in the Biodiversity Program Patrick Couper stepped up once again as a ‘surrogate mum’ to the Loggerhead turtle eggs to hatch at THE HATCHERY: Showcasing and Supporting Turtle Conservation.
The precious eggs collected from Mon Repos, as part of the world-renowned Queensland Turtle Conservation project, have been incubated at exactly 29.9 degrees before the first day of THE HATCHERY on 23 March on Level One of the Queensland Museum.
Following the Festival, the hatchlings will be released 20km off Mooloolaba into the Eastern Australian Current, where Loggerheads of this age begin the open ocean phase of their life.
It is expected by Patrick Couper and renowned turtle biologist of nearly 50 years Dr Colin Limpus that the hatchlings that survive to maturity will one day return to the 500km stretch of south east Queensland coast between Capricorn Bunker Islands to the sand islands of Moreton Bay.
This incredible video was courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.