Image:-64,000 turtles swimming around
Stunning drone vision captured as part of the Queensland government's Raine Island Recovery Project shows up to 64,000 green turtles around the island, waiting to come ashore and lay clutches of eggs. #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/EChKvTHhY2— 7NEWS Australia (@7NewsAustralia) June 9, 2020
Scientists from the Environment and Science Department of the Queensland government (DES) captured the footage by drone from a vegetated coral cay about 385 miles northwast of Cairns, the Raine Island 's largest green turtle rookery.
Green turtles are found in tropical waters, called fat and cartilage colours, and migrate long distances to beaches where they emerged, about 35 years after birth. green turtles are mainly found in tropical and subtropical water.
The animals are at risk because of hunting, overhaul of their eggs, loss of the beach nesting grounds and being trapped in fishing equipment.
Raine Island off Queensland is the largest remaining turtle rookery in the world, although scientists have noticed that they are not replicating as expected due to nests and uninhabitable land, despite being attracted to "massive aggregation" of the creatures.
Scientists then tried to track the population after a series of interventions to help tortoises.
Researchers initially painted the tortoises with a white stripe of non-toxic paint to count the creatures while gathering on the beach and waited for them to come back into the water.
When they attempted to monitor the Turtles from the boat, the results were biased. Scientists have used drones to film the creatures for accuracy and ease.
The team revealed that with drones up to 64,000 tortoises had swam all around the island waiting to lay their eggs on the island.
Researchers plan on using the findings to understand and manage the turtle population and hope that the video footage counts with artificial intelligence can be automated in future.
Incredible video has been released of 64,000 turtles swimming around Raine Island at the tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland researchers say drones have allowed them to more accurately survey the world's largest green turtle nesting site. https://t.co/SmO5dG2fk0 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/eD3MZEinkY— 7NEWS Cairns (@7NewsCairns) June 9, 2020
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