Breathtaking footage has emerged showing the world's largest group of sea turtles getting ready to nest in Australia.
Keep scrolling to see this beautiful sight...
It's no secret that centuries of human activity has been gradually destroying our planet.Overpopulation, pollution, fossil fuels, and deforestation are just a few of the negative impact we humans have had upon our earth.
Vast areas of the Earth, which were once rich with natural life...Are now looming concrete jungles suffocated by smog and various other toxic, man-made emissions.
But, out of all of these devastating effects, it is our animals who have been impacted the most.Over the years, animal populations have been dwindling, and many species have become fully extinct or endangered as a result of hunting, poaching, and the destruction of natural habitats.
Our oceans haven't been faring much better, either.Years of excessive plastic use has come back to haunt us, with a high percentage of our oceans simply teeming with discarded plastic.
But, in 2020, there may finally be some hope for our struggling planet.For the last few months, a vast majority of the world has been on lockdown as a result of the ongoing medical pandemic.
The empty streets have had a staggering impact on our planet.Now we are confined to our homes, our streets are sparse, resulting in a sudden drop in toxic emissions such as Co2 and carbon monoxide.
Pollution levels are at an all time low.
Since January, many parts of the world have seen a drastic drop in pollution levels since lockdowns were implemented, including New York City, whose pollution levels have been notoriously high for decades.
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And, of course, our animals are benefiting massively from this sudden change in human activity.Mother Nature is thriving - plants are flourishing, trees are blossoming, and various animals are making appearances in the most unlikely of places.
It is one of the few benefits of this pandemic...For example, dolphins have returned to the canals of Venice, which were once swarming and overcrowded with tourists. It just goes to show the devastating impact we have had upon the wildlife we share our planet with, and the extreme lengths it has taken for our earth to finally start healing.
For the first time in decades, nature has been able to take its course uninterrupted...And this has hugely benefited our turtles, in particular.
Turtles have long suffered at the hands of humans.These beautiful creatures have been impacted massively by plastic and waste pollution in the oceans, with many of them being caught up in large pieces of the debris and, in some devastating cases, being suffocated.
And things have been just as bad on the shore.Overcrowded beaches have meant that the turtles nesting routine has been disrupted massively.
For millions of years, turtles have been laying their eggs on various "nesting beaches"...Where they leave them to hatch alone. And, once hatched, the hatchlings independently make their way back into the ocean.
But, as a result of these nesting beaches becoming overridden with tourists...Turtles have been unable to nest as easily as they were once before, and hatchlings have been struggling to make it safely back into the ocean without being captured or killed by humans first.
But now, these beaches are the quietest they've been in decades.Nesting beaches all over the world remain void of people and pollution, meaning our baby sea turtles are finally able to nest peacefully.
And recent footage from Australia has taken the world's breath away.Footage from a drone captured one of the world's largest group of green sea turtles preparing to head ashore to lay their eggs.
The green sea turtles are flocking from all around the Pacific to their ancestral nesting grounds, as they do every year.The footage has an important scientific purpose as it allows scientists from the Queensland government to assess the numbers of green sea turtles that are heading towards North Queensland at the moment.
It has been estimated that there were around 64,000 turtles in this group...Now that's a lot of turtles.
Thanks to the drone, researchers were able to easily follow the turtles.But things weren't always this easy. Before the introduction of drones, the researchers would have to count the turtles from a boat or head ashore to paint white lines on the backs of nesting turtles.
Using a drone is a much less invasive way of observing these beautiful creatures...
Andrew Dunstan, from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, told 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."
This is a remarkable sight to see...
And it is truly joyous to see these amazing creatures thriving in their natural habitat. Make sure to keep scrolling to see how animals have invaded cities during the global lockdown...