Turning Turtle

We don’t mean literally turning turtle. However did you know from November right through to February is breeding time for some of our turtles here in Moreton Bay National Park? You will find leatherback turtles in Moreton Bay. Turtles, like most creatures, have evolved since the beginning of time. They have adapted to survive both on land and in water over many millions of years. Marine turtles go right back to ancient terrestrial reptiles. They adapted to marine life by developing paddle like limbs so they could glide through oceans. But their adaptation, allows females of the species to slowly move across land to lay their eggs on foreshores in Australia and around the world. The hatchlings are fascinating to watch if you ever get an opportunity. They come out in low light and head off to sea where they will swim at 90 degrees to the breaking waves until they are further out to sea. There they’ll remain in oceanic currents and gyres until they are large enough to move on. The tragic part of this story is only 1 in 1,000 hatchling survives this perilous period and grow to return to the same beach as an adult to nest. Scientists estimate there are only 115,000 female leatherback turtles left in the worlds seas. So the leatherback turtle is a critically endangered species. And this is due to many reasons like: Marine debris Boat strike in popular waters like Moreton Bay Marine Park Habitat loss Egg predators Noise Oil pollution and: The continuation of turtle harvest in Australia… And this is resulting in the significant and steady decline...

Kayaking in Moreton Bay Marine Park

Moreton bay is a tranquil expanse of shallow water stretching 125km from the Gold Coast all the way up to Caloundra on the east coast of Australia. It takes in many, many estuaries and encompasses the limit of Queensland’s waters. This stretch of water is unique in so much as it is where temperate and tropical species meet taking in coral, rocky shores, ocean, sea grass and sponge beds to name a few. All of these habitats are literally teeming with more than 1,000 fish species, six out seven of the world’s turtle species thrive here and even some endangered marine species such as Dugong live here. But let’s not forget the playful pods of dolphins, further out in the bay you will see humpback whales while closer in to shore you can see many species of sea birds whilst the list of marine and birdlife goes on and on. There are many types of kayaks available for your kayaking pleasure. The surrounding waters, although expansive are protected in pockets. So if you are an experienced kayaker or only just learning to kayak, these idyllic surroundings, are picture perfect and serene most days. Did you know you go can go fishing in kayaks, bird watching, marine watching or simply enjoy gliding through the water while taking in the water wonderland around you. But no matter where you are whether it is in Moreton Bay Marine Park or other Queensland Marine Parks you need to be respectful of others and of course the marine park environment. Motorised water craft can damage the environment. Not only do they travel at great...

Four Sun Safety Facts While Kayaking

Four Sun Safety Facts While Kayaking Kayak Safety Includes Sun Safety People have been asking us when they hire kayaks from us, “What should you take with you when you go kayaking?” So due to popular demand we felt obliged to write a list on what you need to take with you to kayak safely. Well, what would happen if you went kayaking, you got yourself into a situation then didn’t know how or you couldn’t fix the particular situation you found yourself in? Perhaps you’re in a double kayak and you’re with your partner or a friend. Maybe the two of you are in two single kayaks. But what if you’re on your own? What would you do? Well, we’ve had a bit of a think about it and what we’ve done is come up with Four Facts you should be mindful of and be thinking about concerning kayaking safety. These are the very basics to consider when you go paddling and we’ve decided to call them our: Refreshment Resource Fact # 1 Hats As a lot of us have been living in the land down under for most of our lives we have grown up being made aware of how to live or spend time in the sun. Most of us know about the debate over the years on the ozone layer, the green house effect and the list of the many environmental issues we have in this country goes on…and on…and on… But the seriously sun smart thing to do is to wear a hat no matter what time of year it is and no matter...
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