So I have been back here at work as a marine wildlife tour guide on Lady Elliot Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for about two weeks now…
As I have mentioned in the past, the absolutely amazing thing about this island is the fact that it is a Green Zone- which means that there are laws in place to protect every living thing on and around the island. The best part of my job is to show people who come from all over the world exactly what marine ecosystems CAN look like if we were to take the appropriate care of them… Over the past few weeks in particular, I have been interacting with many species of sharks, and also countless turtles!! On top of these creatures, you can find 500 different species of corals, 1500 different types of tropical and pelagic fish, and the amazing marine mega fauna here- such as Manta Rays, Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Sharks and of course Humpback Whales over the course of their yearly migration up the East coast of Australia! We have been keeping our eyes peeled along the horizon lately for the very first ‘blow’ from these amazing animals… as we are anticipating the beginning of the whale season on the Great Barrier Reef any time now!
Here on the island, we are at the end of the 2010/2011 sea turtle nesting and hatching season. Over the last week, we have had about a dozen nests emerge- with up to 120 hatchlings in each! To give these guys the best chance at life (only 1 in 1000 sea turtle hatchlings will make it to adulthood), if we find hatchlings around the island during the morning or day time, we will rescue them and release them later that night- when they are in little to no danger of sea birds or sunlight which can dehydrate them within merely hours… This is an amazing way to educate people (especially kids) about the conservation of sea turtles, and we get kids especially involved in the turtle releases- to inspire them that they can make a difference for marine life!
As some of you may know, I have started making regular video blogs from my time here on Lady Elliot Island. To vote for the topic you’d like to see me cover next, please head to my Facebook to do so.
This week’s winning topic was ‘Sharks and their Conservation’. You can watch my very first video blog from Lady Elliot below! Shortly, I will have my second video on Sea Turtles uploaded!
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