To determine the long-term population levels and trends of the loggerhead turtle population nesting at Turtle Bay, Dirk Hartog Is.
Volunteers were used to assist with observations of turtle nesting and egg laying, and assist with tagging of loggerhead turtles each night for six nights.
The sandy beaches of Turtle Bay, at the northern end of Dirk Hartog Island, are among the few key WA nesting sites for the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). (The nesting sites are very close to Cape Inscription). The species is considered the most endangered turtle that nests in the Australian region and is declared threatened under the WA Wildlife Conservation Act.
Tim Grubba: Dept of Environment and Conservation (DEC)
Original record compiled for the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI), Project 3.8, 2008. Originally sourced from several databases compiled by WA DEC Marine Science Branch of projects relevant to the marine parks of WA. Variable metadata information was available.