Protect Sea Turtles

Every year, sea turtles nest on Walmanyjun (Cable Beach) from October – March with hatching occurring approximately seven weeks after the eggs are laid. The most common species to nest on Walmanyjun is the flatback turtle. Flatback turtles are endemic to Northern Australia and many important nesting sites are in the Kimberley Region.

From November 1 to February 28, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions: Parks and Wildlife Service, run the annual Cable Beach Community Turtle Monitoring program. The program involves volunteers walking along a 6km stretch of Walmanyjum to record turtle activity. Once nests are identified and recorded by the volunteers, the Parks and Wildlife Services’ Yawuru Rangers install educational signage to alert the public, and help protect the nests from vehicle compaction, and to monitor hatching success.