Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Cyclone takes heavy toll on turtle rookery

By Eric Tlozek, Friday February 8, 2013 - 15:57 EDT
ABC image
Galeforce winds and high tides have destroyed turtle nests near Bundaberg. - ABC

Scientists say ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald has killed thousands of turtle eggs and hatchlings at one of Queensland's biggest rookeries.

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage says galeforce winds and high tides have destroyed turtle nests at Mon Repos near Bundaberg.

An estimated 46,000 eggs have been destroyed.

Chief scientist Col Limpus says the weather came at the worst time for the young turtles.

"Galeforce winds coming in on very high tides and so it's eroded the nesting habitat for the turtles," he said.

"We had the maximum number of clutches for the year because not that many had hatched and the end result we lost about 60 per cent of all of the clutches that were in the beach."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Wild dogs have reached 'epidemic' levels, according to a western Queensland grazier

16:42 EST

A western Queensland grazier believes wild dogs have reached epidemic levels in her region.

Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning

13:49 EST

Sydney-siders were graced with a beautiful sunrise this morning, a hue of orange and pink to start the end of the week.

Adelaide's April weather unseasonably warm, with only one day so far failing to hit 20C

13:18 EST

Adelaide's April 'warmwave' has seen only one day so far this month fail to hit 20 degrees Celsius ?? the first time that has happened in close to a century, the Bureau of Meteorology says.