Our volunteers have been enjoying spending time by the river observing and recording behaviour of basking turtles in the Mary. Krefft’s turtle, white throated snapping turtle and Mary River turtle all bask together on the same rock or log. Yesterday we observed a female Mary River turtle basking on top of the shell of a larger female white throated snapping turtle. The white throated appeared quite unperturbed. The Mary River turtle could not maintain her balance once the white throated turtle started to walk along the log.
Just when we think it can’t rain any more we get another 24hours of rain!! However we haven’t had a major flood yet this season in the main trunk of the Mary River just numerous moderate floods. Such events have attracted much media interest about the impact on the turtles. We are waiting, along with UQ researchers to download data from the hydrophones to find out what has happened to the 12 tagged turtles.
Enthusiastic volunteers from Kenilworth, many kilometres upstream of Tiaro, have helped with finding and protecting nests in the mid catchment. Sunshine Coast Regional Council have fenced a bank to prevent 4WD driving over nests of the endangered Mary River turtle, plus installed informative signage.