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Awesome Air Show: Scientists Use Drones To Film 64,000 Green Sea Turtles

Image credits: Queensland Government

Nature never fails to amaze us with its incredible surprises—from pink manta rays to glowing ocean waves and now, the mesmerizing green sea turtles! 

Recently, the Queensland Government shared a jaw-dropping video on their Queensland Environment Twitter page, revealing a stunning sight of thousands of green sea turtles nesting near Raine Island.

A High-Tech Turtle Census

In December 2019, scientists used drones to count the number of green sea turtles at Raine Island. This special island, located about 620 kilometers northwest of Cairns, Australia, is part of the Great Barrier Reef. 

The drone footage showed an unbelievable 64,000 green sea turtles either getting ready to lay eggs or already doing so on the island.

Saving Raine Island: A Big Mission

This awesome project is called the Raine Island Recovery Project, and it’s a five-year plan that costs a whopping $7.95 million! 

BHP, the Queensland Government, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Traditional Owners (Wuthathi and Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation), and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation are all working together. 

Their goal is to protect and restore Raine Island’s special home, making sure important marine animals like green turtles and seabirds have a safe place to live.

Green Turtles: Facing Challenges

Image credits: Christian Miller

Green sea turtles have a lot of dangers to deal with, like hunting, stealing their eggs, getting hit by boats, and losing their homes. Keeping an eye on how many turtles there are is super important to help them survive.

Video credits: Queensland Government

In the past, scientists used to paint white stripes on the turtles’ shells to count them during nesting. But Dr. Andrew Dunstan from the Department of Environment and Science said using drones is way better. Drones are safer, more accurate, and the data can be saved right away.

Drones: Changing the Game

Image credits: Queensland Government

Drones have turned out to be a big help in counting green sea turtles. When experts looked at the drone footage closely, they found there were way more turtles than they thought! 

Using drones not only makes counting more accurate, but it also means scientists spend less time in the field, which is good for the environment.

Home to the Biggest Turtle Party

Image credits: Queensland Government

Raine Island is like the VIP spot for green sea turtles—it’s the biggest place where they all come together! The drone video gives us a rare peek into this amazing event, letting scientists and nature lovers see just how incredible it is.

A Plea to Protect and Appreciate

Image credits: Christian Miller

Before you go, make sure to watch the video from December 2019 to see this incredible turtle party for yourself. The Raine Island Recovery Project shows us how important it is to take care of our planet and all the amazing creatures that call it home.


If you want to learn more or help save these turtles, check out the Queensland Government and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation websites. And don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments—because who wouldn’t want to talk about how awesome turtles are!

More Informations :  Queensland Government | Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Queensland Government | Christian Miller

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