As lockdown lifts and the weather warms up, north coast residents may spot a different type of visitor to local beaches.
Holly West from NSW TurtleWatch said over the next few weeks green and loggerhead sea turtles may be seen nesting on beaches on the Mid North Coast.
"Typically, October marks the start of the nesting season so we are asking all beach goers to become 'citizen scientists' and help us locate potential nest sites and record basic data," Ms West said.
"Both these turtle species are threatened which is why all reports of nests or even turtle tracks on the sand are vital to helping us protect them during this critical breeding period.
"We estimate that only 1 out of 1,000 turtle hatchlings will reach maturity so every single nest, every single egg and hatchling that we can protect will make an impact on the survival of these species.
"It's so important that people notify us of potential nesting sites so we can take accurate measurements and start protecting it from threats.
"The best time to look for sea turtle tracks is first thing in the morning as turtles usually come up to nest overnight."
Melissa Giese from the NSW government's Saving our Species program said last year staff and volunteers reported 19 nesting activities that ended up producing more than 470 hatchlings.
"More and more marine turtles are recorded nesting and foraging in NSW, and beaches in northern NSW are considered critical as loggerhead and green turtles adapt to the impacts of climate change," Ms Giese said.
Turtle sightings should be reported to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service on 13000 PARKS or to NSW TurtleWatch on 0468 489 259.
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