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A turtley eggs-ellent coast adventure

Mib’ir the loggerhead helps council gather data and track movements in real time to protect turtle habitats now and into the future.

In November last year, while on an evening walk, a young Wurtulla local and her dad came across a turtle making her way up the beach.

It turned out to be a critically endangered loggerhead turtle about to lay her first nest of the season in the dunes.

TurtleCare Sunshine Coast volunteers then fitted her with a GPS tracking device as part of a joint research project with the Queensland Government.

The turtle was given the name Mib’ir (pronounced Meebeer): a Kabi Kabi language word meaning ‘saltwater turtle’.

Mib’ir went on to lay four more clutches of eggs over the summer and, in the process, provided valuable data about where turtles hang out off the coastline in between each nest.

Sunshine Coast turtle education leader Leisa Baldwin says a nesting turtle can lay between three and five clutches of eggs before making her journey home.

“She won’t eat the whole time she is here, but will swim around, close to shore, preparing to lay her next nest,” Ms Baldwin says.

“And thanks to the tracker secured to her shell, we know that Mib’ir loved to hang out at Currimundi Reef.

“It’s so fascinating to be able to track Mib’ir’s movements in real time and follow her on her journey home.

“As it turns out, she is a Noosa local and is currently foraging on a reef off the coast of Teewah Beach on the southern end of the Great Sandy National Park.”

The data is used to create maps and give Sunshine Coast Council scientific evidence to be able to continue to plan and advocate for turtle habitats.

Search for ‘turtle conservation projects’ at sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to view the satellite map and follow the purple line to see Mib’ir’s movements.

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