I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a new story but trust me I have had a few big fish to fry lately!
Today Ma:mu/Mandubarra traditional owner James Epong and I were fortunate enough to be invited to give a joint presentation on local turtle nesting to the Cassowary Coast Regional Council.
The star of the show was a turtle we called 108 as it was the 108th green turtle hatchling to make its dash for the ocean from a nest only metres away from the Ella Bay Road.
How do we know it was number 108 you ask?
Well a post hatch inspection/count was conducted on this nest and 108 turtles hatched from 109 eggs! Mama green turtle did a good job and myself and Ma:mu traditional owners paid nightly visits to this nest to ensure it was safe from harm. We believe it is a first for the area for a nest to be looked after and observed from laying until hatching by indigenous volunteers or by anyone for that matter!
More about this later!
Getting back to our Cassowary coast Regional Council I still have my issues with this council regarding their poor performance at Cowley Beach in relation to beach driving/damage and that has not changed.
I have recently received a report from DERM that was supplied to the council in which their principle coastal scientist made the following statement…
If you are not familiar with what is happening at Cowley beach a visit to the story titled “Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s mismanagement encourages dune damage at Cowley Beach” will give you an idea of what is happening at Cowley Beach.
That said I must acknowledge the councils willingness to listen to James and myself and we appreciate the hospitality that was extended by all!
Mayor Bill Shannon was very welcoming and showed great interest in the presentation and I must publicly thank him for this.
I would also like to give a special mention to councillor Bill Horsford who extended the invitation. With regards to matters at Cowley Beach Cr Horsford has displayed intelligence and integrity and has earned sincere respect from both myself and Cowley Beach’s traditional owners.
Now where was I something about crocodiles I believe!
Oh another thing before I forget …some interesting stuff coming up soon on cassowaries crossing the Ella Bay Road to access coastal food resources with photos and videos as hinted at in the story “Cassowary Scat/Tracks on the Beach in Front of Proposed Ella Bay Resort Complex/Urban Development”.
Ok Ok crocodiles was it?
Well back in my cassowary scat story. I commented at the end about my reluctance to swim across or wade around Barra Creek which of course flows out of the proponent’s property at Ella Bay. I thought I might share with you some recent crocodile track photos I took at this location on an 18 km kayak trip from Ella Bay to Bramston Beach.
People get a bit funny about sun baking next to estuarine crocodile tracks for some reason!
Hey perhaps the giant sting ray photos from the same area would be more tourist friendly?
No takers?…well don’t say I didn’t offer!