There has been an influx of Loggerhead Turtle hatchlings washing up on various beaches along the South East Coast as a result of the current weather.
What to do if you find a turtle hatchling on a beach:
Contact WIRES hotline immediately: 0431 282 238
If you can, stay with the hatchling until we dispatch a rescuer to your location. Have your exact location ready.
If you can’t, place the hatchling gently in an opened container or box with a towel or something soft beneath it;
Do not attempt to put it back in the water;
Keep pets and children away and minimise your interaction with the hatchling;
Do not attempt to give it any food or water.
For larger sea turtles: Do not attempt to move them as you will surely risk causing injury. Stay with the turtles as above and we will get someone to you immediately.
Image: Quite a number of Loggerhead Turtles are washing up on our beaches. They should be north of Byron Bay at this time of year. They have been found as far south as Pambula. If you find one don't leave it to die in the sand, contact @australian_seabird_rescue on 0431 282 238 or @wireswildliferescue on 0418 427 214. These turtles are vulnerable.