A sea turtle has made a nest on the Tannum Sands Main Beach.
A sea turtle has made a nest on the Tannum Sands Main Beach.

Sea turtle nests at Tannum Sands main beach

AN AREA of the Tannum Sands Main Beach pathway has been blocked off to protect a sea turtle's nest.

Tannum Sands Primary School teacher and green club coordinator Mel O'Brien said it was very exciting to have a turtle nest at the area.

The resident of 25 years said she had never heard of a turtle nesting on the main beach.

Ms O'Brien said the nest would give school children an initiative to take more care for the environment.

"We've been talking to the kids about marine debris and how what they bring their lunch wrapped in can find its way to the drain.

"It's interesting that the turtle has chosen that spot, since it's close to Wild Cattle Creek and there is a storm water drain near there," she said.

Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving Club member Lisa Dollery said the club would help protect the area

"The Nippers will be very proud that they have a beach environment that is healthy enough for a turtle to nest there.

"This just makes me really happy to know that the turtle has chosen here to nest," she said.

Turtles are known to nest at Canoe Point, however it is not common for them to nest at the main beach.

In a post on the Gladstone Regional Council's Facebook page, they said the hatchlings would make their way down the beach in six to eight weeks.