Menu
Lifestyle

Research into turtle strandings

A Southern Cross University marine science student and a Dolphin Marine Magic veterinarian are trying to understand why turtles are stranding themselves.
A Southern Cross University marine science student and a Dolphin Marine Magic veterinarian are trying to understand why turtles are stranding themselves. Contributed Facebook

A FIRST-of-its-kind research project will look into the causes of sea turtle strandings and deaths from Yamba to Taree.

Southern Cross University marine science student Tegan Baker is working closely with Dolphin Marine Magic veterinarian Duan March to understand why turtles are stranding themselves; with a hope they can improve the situation.

Minnie Water, Brooms Head and Coffs Harbour have the highest number of strandings.

"When a turtle strands it usually means they are injured, sick or exhausted," Ms Baker said.

"We have five years of data, with 205 recorded turtle strandings along this part of the coast.

"Some of the turtles have obviously become entangled in fishing lines or been injured as a result of a boat strike, but for the vast majority of strandings there are no obvious injuries."

Previous investigations of strandings have so far drawn a blank.

Topics:  dolphin marine magic marine science sea turtles southern cross university



Dolly's Dream Foundation to combat bullying: How to help

Amy 'Dolly' Everett.

Family and friends of 14-year-old Dolly Everett have banded together

Woman jailed for assaulting police in their station

Grafton Court House

A woman who attacked police in their own station has been jailed.

Local Partners

The one question you should ask on a date

MEETING “the one” can be tough, but a psychologist has revealed the simple way you can work out if someone is right for you on the very first date

Expert's warning as 3.5m surfing croc spotted at Yeppoon

A croc was sighted just down from the Bangalee boat ramp on Tuesday.

EXPLAINED: Why crocodiles are most dangerous at this time of year

Viral video: Toowoomba teen a global hit with Real Madrid

Toowoomba's Jed Hockin lines up a trick shot.

Toowoomba teen's football shots go viral

10 things you didn't know about 'Dr Death'

Dr Philip Nitschke .

The euthanasia advocate is coming to Lismore next month

Woman’s brutally honest bathroom experience

More and more women are giving reusable menstrual products a go. Picture: iStock

There's a high 'ick' factor but it could save money in the long run

Mum says ‘stick it’ to book lists

Single mum says generic brand does the same job

PARENTS have been told to ‘stick the guilt’ instead of breaking the budget.

How to keep your furry friend cool in summer

Generic dog pic, dog film, puppy, animal, happy, dog, pet.

While we struggle through summer, let's not forget about our pets.