Video: Drone Captures Incredible Sight Of About 64,000 Sea Turtles

Raine Island, a remote vegetated coral cay on the outer edges of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, hosts the largest green turtle rookery in the world.

NT News has reported that researchers at the island used a drone to count how many green turtles were in the area.

The stunning footage, captured in December 2019, shows up to 64,000 turtles bobbing in the ocean, waiting to come ashore and lay clutches of eggs.

The Raine Island Recovery Project is a five-year, $7.95 million collaboration between BHP, the Queensland Government, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Wuthathi, and Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation (Ugar, Mer, Erub) Traditional Owners, and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. It aims to protect and restore the island’s critical habitat to ensure the future of key marine species, including green turtles and seabirds.

Here’s The Footage Of Counting Turtles Provided By The Great Barrier Reef Foundation

Video credits: Biopixel (footage provided by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation)

You can learn more about the projects by visiting the Queensland Government and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation websites. But before you go, let us know what you thought of this! Do you also think turtles are awesome? Let us know in the comments section below!

According to the report, Dr. Andrew Dunstan, from the Department of Environment and Science, said researchers had been investigating different ways to count turtles.

Researchers were struggling to conclude accurate green sea turtle population counts… until now


Image credits: Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Queensland Government

Dunstan added that the paint is non-toxic and washes off in a couple of days.

“From a small boat, we then counted painted and non-painted turtles, but eyes are attracted much more to a turtle with a bright white stripe than an unpainted turtle, resulting in biased counts and reduced accuracy, Trying to accurately count thousands of painted and unpainted turtles from a small boat in rough weather was difficult. Using a drone is easier, safer, much more accurate, and the data can be immediately and permanently stored.”
The drone footage was soon analyzed frame by frame in a laboratory, this way making sure there was minimal observer error. Researchers have estimated based on the videos that there are around 64,000 green sea turtles waiting to nest on the island.

The Queensland Government posted a video on showing vast numbers of turtles off the shoe of Raine Island

>Image credits: Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Queensland Government

This is a part of the Raine Island Recovery Project that aims to protect and restore the island’s habitat


Image credits: Christian Miller

You see, green sea turtles are a threatened species (endangered status) due to a number of factors: relentless hunting, poaching, and egg harvesting as well as boat strikes, fishermen’s nets that lack turtle excluder devices, pollution, and loss of habitat. So scientists are keeping a close eye on their populations in hopes of helping the species to survive.

“Previous population survey methods involved painting a white stripe down the green turtles’ shell when they were nesting on the beach. The paint is non-toxic and washes off in a couple of days,” explained Dr. Andrew Dunstan of the Department of Environment and Science (DES) in a Queensland Government public media release.

Drone footage is gathered in hopes of identifying the exact numbers of the green sea turtles


Image credits: Queensland Government

Based on the video, researchers estimate there are around 64,000 green sea turtles in the Raine Island area

Image credits: Queensland Government

Raine Island is one of the key nesting locations where green sea turtles come to lay their eggs. The nesting grounds at Raine Island are considered the world’s largest aggregation of green turtles.


Image credits: Christian Miller

By using drones, scientists were able to compare current numbers with the observer counts, concluding that the number in the past was underestimated by a factor of 1.73. Besides the improved accuracy, counting is now done much faster, saving a lot of precious time in the field and minimizing their potential impact on nature in the process.

The nesting grounds at Raine Island are considered the world’s largest aggregation of green turtles, so the drone footage is also a rare glimpse into this phenomenon.

Until now, populations were counted using boats, which isn’t as ideal as a wide over-head view of a drone


Video credits: Queensland Government

It’s difficult, Dunstan explained, to accurately count thousands of painted and unpainted turtles from a small boat in rough weather, so the researchers utilized a drone.

“Using a drone is easier, safer, much more accurate,” he said, “and the data can be immediately and permanently stored,” the report quoted.

To make sure counts were correct, the report said the footage was analyzed by the researchers, frame by frame.

How has drone-use impacted turtle counts?

According to the report, Richard Fitzpatrick, a research partner from the Biopixel Oceans Foundation, said a comparison of drone counts to boat counts revealed they had underestimated the numbers in the past by a factor of 1.73.

“By using drones we have adjusted historical data,” Fitzpatrick said.
“What previously took a number of researchers a long time can now be [accomplished] by one drone operator in under an hour,” the report quoted.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation managing director Anna Marsden told NT News that the work was helping restore the island’s critical habitat.

“We’re seeing the world’s largest aggregation of green turtles captured in these extraordinary drone images that are helping to document the largest turtle numbers seen since we began the Raine Island Recovery Project,” Marsden said in the report.

“This important research combines science and technology to more effectively count endangered green turtles,” she said.

“We’re taking action to improve and rebuild the island’s nesting beaches and building fences to prevent turtle deaths, all working to strengthen the island’s resilience and ensure the survival of our northern green turtles and many other species,” the report quoted Marsden.

How will the turtle count be improved in the future?

Researchers hope in the future to automate the counts from video footage, using artificial intelligence so the computer does the counting for them, the report said.

Same Crocodile, Same Place 15 Years Apart- Steve Irwin’s Son Recreates His Father’s Most Iconic Photo

We are living in a world that nothing is guaranteed forever. due to extreme pollution and global warming and harmful thing happening the earth is becoming a big mess. Not only for humans but also for animals. They have been massively going on extinct and unprotected by human harm and evilness.

Nonetheless, the rates of extinction that are currently taking place are actually comparable to the rates that took place when dinosaurs were wiped off of the face of the planet.

However, there is still a ray of hope when it comes to people who actually care about other beings except themselves.

I bet Everyone knows the late, great Steve Irwin. He left behind an incredible legacy. He was a crocodile hunter with a heart of gold. Now, his loved ones are doing their best to carry on the tradition. His children Robert and Bindi have continued their conservation efforts. Irwin’s wife Terri is also heavily involved.

1. Steve Irwin was a crocodile hunter and an activist for wild animal rights.

The Irwin family at the Australia Zoo in June 2006: (L-R) Robert, Terri, Steve, and Bindi
Photo: Australia Zoo via Getty Images

When we remember steve we see that all he ever wanted was that all the animals in the Australian Zoo where he used to work to be treated with the utmost respect. If these animals are not given the chance to hunt down moving prey, they are more likely to become extinct. That’s why the efforts of trained handlers are important. Without their assistance, the crocodiles are unable to feed in the proper manner.

His son Murray made a recreation photo like his father did but 15 years after a very iconic photo of his father feeding the same crocodile. Now, Robert is the one who is responsible for his welfare. The Instagram post went viral and was liked by every animal lover out there. And Robert hopes he can shed light to everyone about animal rights welfare.

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3. His wife and two childrens are continuing his legacy

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