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Flatback turtles return to the shore of the Broome beaches every year to nest from October to February. The warm waters and long sandy beaches are ideal nesting grounds for the Flatback turtles who return to the same beach that they were hatched on.
Researchers also return each year to the area to discover as much as they can about the Flatback turtle species, which is threatened and protected under WA legislation. Researchers and volunteers record data on the nesting behaviours from year to year help us understand these amazing marine animals.
Often new hatchlings escape the sand and head to the ocean on a full moon early in the morning. Yawuru Rangers place signs where nests are with a marked date. Look for the signs when heading along to the beaches for a turtle hatching experience. Remember this slogan – stay low, go slow and no glow.
Best places to see hatching turtles
The best spot to see a turtle is north of the rocks at Cable Beach early in the morning on a full moon. Be mindful of torch light if viewing at night time and make sure to give the turtles lots of space.