September 13th 2006
September is for loving in Magnetic waters
Last Sunday sightings were made, in the waters around Magnetic Island, that were guaranteed to turn heads.
Whilst enjoying a slow circumnavigation of Magnetic Island last Sunday our crew's attention was drawn to an unusual sight in the water some 100 metres away.
The location was about 1.5 kms off Bolger Bay and it was just on dusk when one of the crew called out, "There's something in the water!"
We all turned to look and saw a strange dark shape that was not unlike the tip of a whale's hump but stationary in the water. For a moment we were undecided as to whether we should go closer when somebody said, "That's not a whale. I know what that is!" with a giggle.
And yes, it wasn't a whale but two sea turtles in the act of making love.
What the jet ski tour saw
A few photos were taken and we left them to their pleasure but I was astonished to learn since, that, on the same day, in what appeared to be the same spot, but about 5 hours before we putted past, the Adrenalin Jet Ski tours had photographed two turtles also in the throws of lovemaking.
Turtle expert, Mark Hamann, a James Cook University Post Doctoral Research Fellow, told magnetictimes.com, "This is quite a common site along the Queensland coast at this time of year. And yes, it could have been the same pair of turtles the whole time. Sea turtles can appear to be mating for hours at a time and both, males and females are promiscuous".
Now that is a very long afternoon delight.
Story: George Hirst and (top) photo: Penelope Sheridan
lower photo: Peter Smith
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