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GoPro Sea Turtle Footage of the Great Barrier Reef

July 10, 2015



The World Wildlife Fund-Australia and GoPro attached a GoPro video camera onto the shell of a green sea turtle in an effort to find out how pollution is affecting sea turtles on the Great Barrier Reef. 


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The WWF, along with partners Banrock Station Wines Environmental Trust, James Cook University, The University of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, State and Commonwealth government agencies, Indigenous rangers and local community groups, scientists will also have a first hand look at how the green sea turtle behaves after it is released back into the ocean.

Sea turtle with GoPro

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This sea turtle was outfitted with a GoPro to get a glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef.

The part of the reef in which the green sea turtle was released looks very healthy with plenty of fish and corals present. 

The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 400 types of coral, 1,500 fish species, and a variety of turtle species. It is one of the most popular dive sites in the world and one of the most heavily regulated reef’s. It has had some setbacks, including the approval and then banning of dumping dredge spoil onto the reef by the Australian govnerment for port expansion projects.  Check the video as it is pretty cool.  


John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

 

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