Conservation

The World from a Sea Turtle’s Point of View

The World from a Sea Turtle's Point of View

WWF and partners collect footage from a camera attached to a sea turtle's back

  • Date: July 09, 2015
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Ever wonder what life looks like below the surface in the Great Barrier Reef? See it through the eyes of a sea turtle.
To better understand the post-release behavior of tagged green turtles, WWF and partners carefully fastened a GoPro—a tiny waterproof camera—to the back of a female sea turtle. The 15 minutes of footage the camera collected gives us a unique view of the Great Barrier Reef.
Fastened safely with a suction cup, the camera accessory was designed to fall off the turtle after a short period of time. A diver collected the camera after it fell.
WWF is collaborating with researchers, government agencies and community groups to learn more about how pollution levels affect turtles in the reef. Green turtles, like the one to which the camera was attached, are classified as endangered. WWF works to protect sea turtle habitat, including the Great Barrier Reef, which is home to nearly 6,000 species. Tagging turtles helps us to learn where important feeding areas are located, understand migration patterns, and anticipate where turtles may come into contact with fisheries and their gear.
Along with pollution, the Great Barrier Reef faces damage from dumping of dredge spoil. A full ban on dumping in the reef should come to fruition in a matter of months. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the reef. Read more “The World from a Sea Turtle’s Point of View”

Conservation

An End to Great Barrier Reef Dumping Is Imminent

An End to Great Barrier Reef Dumping Is Imminent underwater in great barrier reef

  • Date: July 01, 2015
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Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of people around the world, we’re one giant step closer to protecting one of the Earth’s most beautiful and lively places.
A full ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef should come to fruition in a matter of months. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the reef.
More than 500,000 WWF supporters from 177 different countries called on world leaders to defend the Great Barrier Reef. Read more “An End to Great Barrier Reef Dumping Is Imminent”