WWII Bombs Buried Where Endangered Turtles Nest

Jul 8, 2012
The Reptile Report
by Contributing Editor

The Reptile Report - The Australian Defense Department is spending $2.2 million to clear Bare Sand and Quail islands of unexploded bombs buried when the site was used as an aerial bombardment practice range for 40 years.

Thousands of bombs were dropped on the islands – 44km west of Darwin – from World War II until 1979, the NT News reports.

The islands are an important nesting site for the flatback sea turtle, endemic to the continental shelf of Australia.

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