We need your help! Join us for a remarkable experience and play an active role in supporting our research team with turtle monitoring activities.
Returning to the exact beach at which they were hatched, each year flatback turtles return to Eco Beach to nest. At peak nesting time we head out for a week in November to undertake vital research on the local turtle population.
This turtle experience is intimate and personalised – its you, the turtle, our researcher’s and a small group of like-minded people enjoying this remarkable opportunity.
The odds are against them
Only 1 in 1000 marine turtles make it from a hatchling to a mature turtle
In Australia 6 of the world’s 7 species of marine turtles live in our waters. Sea turtles are subject to numerous threats from entanglement in fishing nets and marine debris, the indigestion of plastic bags (which they mistake for jelly fish), illegal hunting, predation of nests from dingoes, lizards and wild pigs in Australia, beach erosion and increased sand temperatures due to climate change which affects hatchling success rates. As a result of these impacts, almost all marine turtle species are vulnerable or endangered.
The Flatback turtles are the only sea turtle species endemic to Australian waters, but much remains unknown about them. They are listed as ‘vulnerable’ in Western Australia under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and data deficient by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Turtle conservation efforts
For nine years Conservation Volunteers has been conducting annual scientific research on the nesting flatback turtle population at Eco Beach. The flatback is the only marine turtle species listed globally as “Data Deficient” meaning there is not enough information to tell whether flatback turtle populations are declining, stable or increasing. Each year our experienced turtle team undertake research on the nesting turtle population including:
- Monitoring turtle nesting activities to confirm nesting success rates
- Measuring and tagging nesting turtles
- Egg counts
- GPS mapping turtle nest locations
- Recording data on previously tagged turtles
Our research is vital in assisting to determine the status and ongoing conservation of marine turtles. The data is used by researchers and the national park agency to determine turtle population trends so we can place more conservation efforts on this marine species.
Keen to join us for an amazing experience?
Our annual 4 or 6 day turtle programs depart Broome on November 23rd. Based at the beautiful and eco friendly Eco Beach Resort, help monitor turtles in the evening and enjoy the resorts facilities and activities during the day.
Read more about the Eco Beach Turtle Experience or book your spot here.