Seeing the Underwater World From a Turtle's Perspective

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Want to see the underwater world from the perspective of a turtle? Sit back and cruise the seagrass beds and reefs of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, meet other green turtles as they forage for food, check out a cleaning station, deal with an aggressive hawksbill turtle…

The videos below are part of a research project being run by Nathan Robinson of the Cape Eleuthera Institute. They fix Paralenz underwater cameras to green turtles going about their business and record life as the endangered turtles experience it.

The glue holding the camera in place dissolves after a few hours and the tagged camera pops to the surface to be retrieved by the research scientists.

Check out some of their highlights:

Chilling on the reef…

Meeting a stroppy hawksbill turtle…

 Dr Robinson has collated hundreds of hours of footage of the green turtles of Eleuthera and believes it gives him a unique understanding of how they behave and interact with their environment.

'We have all these initiatives around the world to try and protect marine areas,' he said. 'But if we don’t know which areas to protect or what are the most efficient areas to protect, we won’t be able to make good decisions. And that’s the kind of data that we can get out of the TurtleCam footage.' 

Robinson hit the headlines in 2015 when a video of him extracting a plastic straw from the nostril of a turtle went viral. It has been viewed nearly 40 million times on YouTube and has played a major part in the campaign to ban such straws.

 

 

 

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