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…
Overpopulation, pollution, fossil fuels, and deforestation are just a few of the negative impact we humans have had upon our earth.
Are now looming concrete jungles suffocated by smog and various other toxic, man-made emissions.
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.
Years of excessive plastic use has come back to haunt us, with a high percentage of our oceans simply teeming with discarded plastic.
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.
Mother Nature is thriving – plants are flourishing, trees are blossoming, and various animals are making appearances in the most unlikely of places.
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.
And this has hugely benefited our turtles, in particular.
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.
Overcrowded beaches have meant that the turtles nesting routine has been disrupted massively.
Where they leave them to hatch alone.
And, once hatched, the hatchlings independently make their way back into the ocean.
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.
Nesting beaches all over the world remain void of people and pollution, meaning our baby sea turtles are finally able to nest peacefully.
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 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.
Now that’s a lot of 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.
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.”
And it is truly joyous to see these amazing creatures thriving in their natural habitat.
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