For our environment:
- Recycle waste
- Plant Trees
- Participate in Clean up Australia Day
- Shop locally
- Use environmentally friendly cleaners & other products if possible
WE ARE A CARBON NEGATIVE / OXYGEN POSITIVE BUSINESS We have arranged for the local community nursery to propagate local large trees (to offset our carbon emissions) and plant these in protected areas on the Island in rehabilitated areas for local wildlife. We have arranged for more trees than is required to be planted on our behalf.
Reporting of Dolphin, and Dugong Sightings – Endangered Species:
We report our dolphin and dugong sightings every three months to various agencies including Moreton Research Station, and University of Queensland. For dolphins, our information includes the type of dolphin, the pod numbers, where in the Passage they were sighted and what they were doing, and if there were any juveniles sighted with the pod. For dugongs, our information includes number sighted, where in the Passage and what they were doing, plus again, if any juveniles spotted. To date, we have seen a mother floating on her back breastfeeding her calf. She was not concerned with us floating past her and she continued to feed her calf for about 20 minutes. We have also spotted dugongs mating (wouldn’t like to be a female – those bucks get a bit too amorous for safe swimming!!) and in spring we have spotted male dolphins regularly jumping out of the water showing off their bits for all to see!
Reporting of Sick or Injured Sea Life :
Unfortunately we come across sick or injured sea life quite frequently. We report our findings and participate in rescue missions. January 2008. BAD NEWS- Brook (female turtle rescued in November) euthanised as she was getting worse. She was found to have SEVERE impaction in her gut of rubbish equal to ‘a large concrete block’. This would have been happening over many months and once this was found, it was obvious that absolutely nothing could have been done for her. Her vital organs were also found to be heavily polluted with toxins from the waters. There were many tears shed for beautiful and gentle Brook. Lots of turtles have been sighted pre-Christmas with quite a few rescues taking place from strandings and boat strikes.
November 2007: Recently saved by Dave at Bribie Boat Hire and our Deslie was a large Loggerhead Male turtle which went to The Australian Wildlife Hospital. He was floating near the Bribie Island Bridge and he was christened ‘BIG TED’ and looked to be over 80 years of age. He spent many months being looked after by Lee and the awesome team at TAWH who monitored him daily. Gradually over time he passed the gas and plastics and regained his strength to return to the wild. Well done Dave, Des and TAWH team – may nature smile on your endeavours!! October 2007, a large turtle (about 1m shell) was also spotted by the Ferryman up near Donnybrook with Floating Sickness. She was reported to The Australian Wildlife Hospital with a team there within 1/2 hour to rescue her. ‘BROOK’ was about 60+ years of age, a breeding Green turtle and was monitored over a couple of months. Unfortunately she only got worse and was unable to pass the plastics & gas and finally died just prior to Christmas. We visited her a couple of times and tears were shed when we found she had gone. We remember how she used to love her back flippers being lightly scratched and her beautiful doe-like trusting eyes as she floated waiting for us to provide a miracle. It was found that ‘the severe impaction of plastics in her gut was about the size of a house brick and there was absolutely no way she would have survived. This would have been happening over many months, and once this was found, it was obvious that absolutely nothing could have been done for her. Her vital organs were also found to be heavily polluted with toxins. Lots of turtles were sighted pre-Christmas 2007 with quite a few rescues taking place from strandings and boat strikes. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE……DO NOT LEAVE RUBBISH PARTICULARLY PLASTICS AND STYROFOAM – ONCE THIS GETS INTO THE SEA, MARINE ANIMALS MISTAKE IT FOR FOOD AND WHEN EATEN THEY WILL GET FLOATING SICKNESS AND DIE FROM EITHER STARVATION, DROWNING OR BOAT STRIKE!
Looking After Our Own Back Yard:
Each year we actively participate in clean up Australia day. It is amazing how many people come out to help and what we find is really quite shameful! Remember to take your rubbish with you. Too many marine animals and birds in the passage are detrimentally affected by our rubbish.