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Western Australian Loggerheads - Gnaraloo Bay and Gnaraloo Cape Farquhar 2015-2018

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Species: Loggerhead
Life Stage: Nesting Adult
Gender: Female
Release Date: 2017-12-08 23:50:00
Release Location: Gnaraloo Bay, NW Western Australia
Last Location: 2018-01-17 01:21:59

Adoptive Parents:
Rachel Pettie
Jack R.
Laura Hery

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"Baiyungu" is an Aboriginal language group from the Gnaraloo-Ningaloo area.
One of the language speakers says there is no word for loggerhead or hawksbill turtles as they were not to be eaten.
These are some of their words to do with sea turtles:
Green sea turtle – majun
Young female – gurlgi
Old female jandira
Young male – wirda wirda
Old male – burlganja
Turtle eggs – gawangka

Baiyungu was found in the Gnaraloo Bay BP8-BP9 sector on the night of 8th December 2017 and after filling in her nesting chamber, was restrained by the portable turtle box being assembled around her.
She measured 93.5 cm.
She was given:
Front Left flipper tag - WB15140
Front Right flipper tag - WB15141
Carapace Rear - the letter "B"
Carapace Front - Wildlife Computers "SPOT 6" ARGOS satellite tracker ID number 158487
Skin Biopsy No. F6404 was collected by the Gnaraloo team for later DNA and Stable Isotope analysis by the WA DBCA Marine Science division.

After release she stayed close to her Gnaraloo Bay nesting beach until 11th December, when she moved 20 km north to the reef adjacent to the Gnaraloo Cape Farquhar nesting beach.

She remained around here until the night of 22nd December when she returned to near her first nest site at Gnaraloo Bay, in preparation for re-nesting.

She attempted a re-nest between 8pm and 9pm on 24th December and later that night re-nested within 1 km of her first nest site on between 2:30am and 4:10am.

This was a 16 day re-nesting interval.

On the night of the 27th December she swam back north to Cape Farquhar for the inter-nesting period to develop her next clutch of eggs.

She returned to Gnaraloo Bay on 6th January and nested on the night of the 7th, heading north to Cape Farquhar Bay again on the afternoon of the 8th January 2018.

This was a 14 day re-nesting interval.

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