Today Is Turtle Day

Today Is Turtle Day. No not The Mutant Ninja Variety

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Every body loves cute things, and Turtle Day is a lovely celebration of these lovable marine beauties.

Turtles have lived in our waters for some 100 million years (will be as resilient?). In Australia we have the Green Turtle, the Flatback Turtle, the Hawksbill Turtle, The Leatherback Turtle, the Loggerhead Turtle and the Olive Ridley turtle.

The turtles life starts in a very hard way. After  digging their way to the surface they make the perilous journey to the water. More than 90% of hatchlings are eaten by predators.

If they make it past the seabirds at the beach they have to contend with large fish, ghost crabs and even Killer Whales.

All six species found in Australia are protected. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in coastal areas of northern Australia are, however, allowed to hunt them as they represent important social and cultural values for them.

The Green Turtles that nest along the Western Australian coast migrate from feeding grounds as far flung as Indonesia, Queensland, the Northern Territory. Plus Shark Bay in Western Australia.

 

Turtles come on shore to nest between mid-late October and late March-early April with a peak in late December-early January.

While immature animals can be carnivorous, Green Turtles adults feed mostly on seagrasses and algae. Shark Bay is the most southerly area for turtles hunting food sources.

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Hatching Loggerhead Turtles can be seen on the beaches of Dirk Hartog Island off the coast of Denham, Shark Bay. Loggerheads are carnivorous.

Travel to Shark Bay is limited to car or tourist coach.

Today is also Title Track day. We have all been guilty of buying an album/CD based on one song so I guess this day is for all the one hit wonders.

Today is also Luck Penny day.

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