Researchers from Queensland Department of Environment and Science have filmed a stunning drone footage on the world’s largest green turtle rookery on Raine Island.
Green turtles are found mainly in tropical and subtropical waters and migrate over long distances, approximately 35 years after their birth.
Hunting for them, excessive collection of their eggs, loss of nesting places on the beaches and getting into fishing nests threaten green turtles with extinction.
In a study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE in December, scientists found that the use of drones is the most accurate way to document endangered marine creatures. Researchers are going to use the results to control the population of turtles, and hope that in the future they will be able to automate the counts from videos using artificial intelligence.
Using drones, the team discovered about 64,000 turtles migrating toward the island to lay eggs. Let’s take a look at this magic process!