Dec 12 2012
Look after Roebuck Bay’s Green turtles because the ‘wet’ is their nesting season.
Did you know that Green turtles eat mangrove leaves, but their mainstay, is seagrass, eating around 2kg a day, so its really important not to fertilise lawns and gardens at this time of year, as the fertiliser is likely to be high in nutrients. During a downpour, fertilisers that havent been absorbed by the plants, are very likely to run off our gardens and lawns into stormwater drains and quickly become soluble food for Lyngbya blooms. These blooms can kill off the seagrass, which is bad news for turtles trying to gain the energy to mate, produce their eggs and dig big nests on the beach! Green turtles are among the largest turtles in the world, weighing up to 317 kg. Unlike most sea turtles, adult Green turtles are herbivorous whilst juveniles eat invertebrates, crabs, jellyfish, and sponges.
Roebuck Bay Working Group is comprised of Traditional Owners and government, local community, conservation groups and business. We work collaboratively to solve issues, raise awareness and encourage research and monitoring which supports responsible management and protection of Roebuck Bay.