Turtle Watching Guidelines
To find a turtle, simply walk along Heron Beach one or two hours after the evening’s high tide. Look for the tracks in the sand where the turtle has come in from the sea.
- Light can disturb and disorient the turtles, minimise the use of torches and be sure to only use 3-volt low-impact torches. No flash photography, please.
- When you see a turtle moving up or down the beach ,stay still. Excessive movement can disturb her. And remember to never walk in front of a turtle. Instead, walk behind them.
- If the turtles feel threatened or disturbed, they will turn around and head back out to sea and not lay their eggs. Try not to approach them.
- If you come upon a turtle while digging, give her some room. Sit down quietly behind the turtle and at least 10 metres away. A girl needs her privacy. Once she has finished digging, wait at least 15 minutes, then you may approach her from behind.
- The turtles are quite stressed and tired after their night's work, so again, give her some room (10 metres) so as not to panic her.