Despite the early start it can get really hot and boy do the flies get annoying! But it’s a great way to start the day and there are often some cool things to see on the beach!
We take gloves and plastic bags to the beach so we can rid the beach of all the rubbish which has either washed up on shore or has been left on the beach by the public. Our volunteers are great at helping out with this, as you can see in the picture!
We often find turtle egg shells on the beach. Sometimes they have been dug up by predators, such as foxes, goannas, dogs or cats. Sometimes they are fresh, still soft and bright white, suggesting that the turtle may have been disturbed and had released them due to distress.
A great thing about the morning monitoring is the opportunity to find hatchlings emerging from their nests. When walking at the edge of the vegetation it is important to watch your step as there are possibly hatchlings just below the surface, waiting to make their mad dash down to the water!