Flatback Turtle Nesting

Flatback Turtle Nesting

Port Hedland’s remarkably picturesque beaches and mangroves serve as habitats for a diverse array of fish and wildlife. Off the coast of Port Hedland, lucky observers may catch glimpses of whales, bottlenose dolphins, and sharks.

The coastal waters near Port Hedland are particularly significant for the nesting activities of flatback sea turtles (Natator depressus), a unique species that exclusively nests on Australian beaches. With the shortest migratory range among sea turtles, flatbacks make Hedland’s beaches their home from October to March. During this period, hundreds of flatback turtles nest, and their hatchlings emerge.

For those interested in turtle viewing and monitoring, it is recommended to reach out to the local Care for Hedland Environmental Association, which manages the turtle monitoring program. Care for Hedland’s turtle program plays a vital role in monitoring, raising awareness, and conserving these locally threatened species. The program is part of a broader turtle monitoring initiative covering nesting rookeries from Shark Bay in the south to the Kimberly in the north.

To participate in guided evening tours and witness turtles nesting while adhering to the Turtle Watchers Code of Conduct, contact Care for Hedland at 0488 907 260 or email turtle@careforhedland.org.au. The nesting season spans from October to January, with hatchlings emerging from December to March. Engage with this program to appreciate and contribute to the protection of Port Hedland’s unique flatback turtles.