One fun fact about Australian sea turtles is that the Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Australia, is home to six out of the seven species of sea turtles found worldwide. These species include the Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, and Flatback Turtle.
The main reason for sea turtle decline in Australia is human activities, particularly habitat destruction and degradation, pollution, climate change, and unsustainable fishing practices. These factors have led to the loss of nesting beaches, destruction of coral reefs and seagrass beds (important feeding grounds for turtles), entanglement in fishing gear, ingestion of marine debris, and increased vulnerability to diseases. Additionally, the illegal poaching and harvesting of sea turtles and their eggs for consumption and trade also contribute to their decline. Conservation efforts and stricter regulations are being implemented to protect and restore sea turtle populations in Australia.
Learn more facts about our Australian animals and see some beautiful artworks to go with them. Visit the below pages of your favourite Australian animals.