Drone footage helps turtle conservation Today’s Video of the Day comes from the University of Exeter and features a look at how drone footage is helping aid turtle conservation.
Drones allow scientists to track turtles over large areas in difficult-to-reach locations, both during the day and night.
According to this team of researchers, the footage can also help increase public interest in turtle conservation.
“Drones are increasingly being used to gather data in greater detail and across wider areas than ever before,” said Dr Alan Rees from the Centre for Ecology and Conservation on the University of Exeter. The breathtaking drone footage was captured in 2019 as part of the Raine Island Recovery Project, which aims at preserving the remote coral cay.
By providing new ways to track turtles over large areas and in hard-to-reach locations, the drones have quickly become a key resource for scientists. In addition, the drone patrols have also allowed the team to monitor other growing threats, such as the predation of sea turtle nests by stray dogs. Drone technology helps researchers count turtles on the Great Barrier Reef. Issued: 9 Jun 2020. Researchers at Raine Island, the world’s largest green turtle rookery.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: University of Exeter