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Marine Turtles

Find information about marine turtles on the Sunshine Coast, our plan to address the threats they face and get involved in the community programs to protect them.

Marine turtles can live for more than one hundred years. They forage in waters along the Queensland coast and internationally.

Every summer, the Sunshine Coast welcomes the arrival of two species of nesting marine turtles. These are the critically endangered loggerhead turtle and the green turtle. Then we celebrate as hundreds of turtle hatchlings emerge from their nest and make their way to the ocean for their long journey ahead. The Sunshine Coast is forecast to be an important refuge for future populations of marine turtles. This is thanks to our coastal habitat and local climate.

Our Sunshine Coast Marine Turtle Conservation Plan provides a strategic direction to ‘Make tracks together’ for the conservation of marine turtles on the Sunshine Coast.

Two species of marine turtles nest on our beaches and six species are found in the region: 

1 Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)4 Olive ridley turtle (Lepidochyls olivacea)
2 Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)5 Flatback turtle (Natator depressus)
3 Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochyls imbricata)6 Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

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