Turtles at loggerheads with 4WDs
JUST moments after these tiny loggerhead turtles hatched on the beach at Lennox Head over the Easter weekend, they were already facing life-threatening hurdles.
They had to evade dogs, people, birds and four-wheel drives, so their dash to the ocean was an incredibly dangerous one.
Australian Seabird Rescue general manager, Rochelle Ferris, said volunteers sometimes spent 80 days monitoring turtle nests in an effort to protect them.
"But we can't pinpoint the exact moment that the turtles will hatch, so to spend all this time waiting and then to see them killed by dogs or human impact is really devastating," she said.
"A lot of people still don't realise that turtles nest around here.
"Once they know, people are really keen to help. It's all about raising awareness."
ASR has taken 17 turtles into care at its Ballina sanctuary, but Ms Ferris said they would be released as soon as possible.