Flatback Turtle

Flatback Turtle

Vulnerable under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Found in tropical waters around Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia these carnivorous turtles do not have an oceanic phase, meaning they spend their entire life in the shallow waters over the continental shelf.

Their main nesting beaches are on the islands of the southern Great Barrier Reef including Wild Duck, Avoid and Peak islands which support the three largest rookery sites on Australia’s east coast population.  Find out more about what they eat, where they live and why they’re special here.

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