One of the sightings included a mating pair.
“Seeing a mating pair offshore, and so close to what was the main nesting area in eastern Australia (Wreck Rock-Moore Park coast) gives us hope the east Australian nesting population may not be extinct.”
Nev has lived in the region for 30 years and spends much of his time outdoors and by the water taking photos but has never seen a leatherback turtle before the recent sightings.
“It was magic,” Nev said.
“It was the highlight of the day even though we got good whales.
“It was pretty special.”
Nev said renowned biologist and Department of Environment and Science Chief Scientific Officer Col Limpus had already been in contact and was excited about the sighting.
“Hopefully we’ll get some leatherbacks come up and lay this year,” Nev added.
“It’s going to be fun to keep an eye open for!”
The Department of Environment and Science is encouraging others to report sightings of leatherback turtles by emailing email@example.com, ideally including the date it was seen, location coordinates, and any photos if possible.