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First loggerhead nest of the year for Sunshine Coast

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Loggerhead turtles have arrived in the Sunshine Coast region, with the first nest of the 2021 season discovered on a southern beach.

Hundreds of TurtleCare volunteers have been looking for signs of the reptiles coming ashore since the beginning of the month.

Coolum and North Shore Coast Care members, who monitor beaches north of Mooloolaba, discovered their first Green Turtle nest last week, and citizen scientist Wayne has now discovered the first loggerhead egg-chamber for the year on North Bribie Island.

After seeing the tell-tale signs of turtle tracks on the beach yesterday morning, Wayne spent more than an hour looking for the nest.

He says he'd almost given up when he found the egg chamber.

Sunshine Coast Council’s conservation officer Kate Hofmeister says volunteers are very excited the season has officially begun.

“Each morning, Wayne travels by boat to monitor the beaches of North Bribie Island to look for nesting turtle tracks,” Mrs Hofmeister says.

“He’s one of more than 200 TurtleCare volunteers across the Sunshine Coast who will be expecting to see turtle tracks during their early morning local beach patrols any day now.

A special mesh has been installed over the nest on North Bribie Island, to prevent predators getting access to the eggs.