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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

After a long night of nesting and possibly mating activity around Raine Island, this Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) rests on the ocean floor. A couple of small butterflyfish nearby could also be seen cleaning the turtle.
The Raine Island Nature Refuge in far North Queensland is the nesting site for the world’s largest remaining population of the vulnerable green turtle (Chelonia mydas). The green turtles which nest at Raine Island and Moulter Cay are a genetically distinct population of ancient lineage which has long been isolated from populations in other parts of the world. This can be visually seen as these turtles tend to be larger than their northern counterparts and also generally show less flamboyant coloration and patternation on their shells.
Tens of thousands of adult female green turtles come ashore each year to nest on Raine Island during the peak breeding season.

· Date: Thu February 9, 2006 · Reference ID: 1456/22005-12-01-07-06-00 · Views: 3601 ·
Keywords: marine turtles tropical endangered species vunerable rare unusual indo pacific gbr great barrier reef aussie qld
Additional Categories: Raine Island Green Turtles


Resting Green Turtle at Raine Island - Chelonia mydas
Paul Osmond

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