A female green turtle was spotted in the swimming pool of a Seven Mile Beach condominium complex on Saturday, 15th August. The turtle was trying to nest when she lost her way and accidentally fell in the pool. Residents quickly alerted the DoE Turtle Hotline (938-NEST / 938-6378) and a rescue was coordinated by DoE Chief Conservation Officer, Mark Orr. DoE staff, volunteers, and condo residents assisted in removing the turtle from the pool and transporting her to the beach where she crawled into the ocean.
The DOE are grateful to the management, owners, and residents of this property for turning off beachfront lights when turtle nests are hatching, and contacting DoE about turtle nesting. Every summer, thousands of baby turtles are affected by lights on the beach. Misorientation of adult turtles is rare but can be a serious threat to these endangered animals.
Please help by using turtle friendly lighting and maintaining or planting buffers of vegetation between developments and the beach.