A video which was filmed by a drone shows the world’s largest swarm of green sea turtles swimming, heading ashore in Australia to nest. Seriously, there’s an incredible amount of turtles in the video.
These green sea turtles are heading towards their ancestral nesting grounds from Pacific each year.
This video filmed has a very scientific importance. And also this video has helped the scientists from the Queensland government to assess the count of the green sea turtles of the swarm that headed towards North Queensland at the time.
As per their estimates, there are about 64,000 of sea turtles caught in the drone footage.
Rookery is the technical term for the ‘nesting stage of the turtles’. However, these turtles usually turn up to Raine Island during this time in other years in order to form the largest rookery of the world on the remote areas of the land.
Apart from all these, they are the one and only herbivorous sea turtles in the Earth and are currently threatened to endanger.
Keep the idea aside if you think to count the number of turtles in the video. There are thousands of them in the video and I’m sure that you’ll be confused if you attempt to count. The video shows a large proportion of the sea turtles in the world.
As per the scientists’ ideas, there are more than 60,000 turtles nesting at Raine Island for this year. Raine island is situated at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll be able to notice a large crowd of reptiles rushing there to nest in their nesting seasons in between October and February.
It seems as if these sea turtles wanted to get to the place quite earlier.
Prior to the introduction of the drones, the researchers had to count the number of sea turtles from a boat. They too had to move with the turtles and paint white lines on the back of them.
However, the introduction of drones has become very useful as it’s less difficult and less invasive. And also the drones have shot perfect scenes of the sheer number of animals.
Andrew Dunstan, from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, shared with the 7News: “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.”
He added, “This research is of prime importance to the understanding and management of the vulnerable green turtle population.
“In the future, we will be able to automate these counts from video footage using artificial intelligence so the computer does the counting for us.”
How about using computers to count the number of sea turtles? That’s a rather confusing job title. Isn’t that?
Featured Image Credit: Queensland Government