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Humans are absurd. We are facing a pandemic, the worst health crisis in the last 100 years and we are committing ourselves to confinement to avoid the spread of COVID-19. From our houses, all over the world, we saw how nature began to regain the spaces that have been taken from it: animals asleep on roads and turtles on beaches that were previously full of tourists.
We share these notes, we publish images and videos of these scenarios and majestic moments that show us, once again, that we are only a small part of this planet, not to mention this universe … But at the same time, we fill the oceans and seas of garbage that now translates into face masks, gloves and other medical materials.
However, we believe that before “better late than never”, we can reverse the damage by continuing to tell these beautiful stories of how nature prevails in the face of human indifference, and today the protagonists are green turtles.
A drone managed to capture more than 60,000 green turtles on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. As we remember, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the reefs that has suffered from massive bleaching, that is, when corals are painted white as a result of the change in temperature of the oceans. If it is very hot, the corals give off their algae (zooxanthellae), and without these, the coral blanches and then dies. In late March 2020, she underwent a third bleaching in five years.
Scientists from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science used a drone to photograph the arrival of 64,000 turtles on Raine Island where the world’s largest turtle colony is located, consisting of 620 kilometers of coral and vegetation northwest of Cairns.
All these turtles, as we mentioned, came to nest, which is good news, as green turtles are in danger for various reasons such as illegal hunting, the loss of beaches to lay their eggs and the fact that they die trapped in nets human. According to Dr. Andrew Dunstan of the Queensland Department (via CNN ), over the years they have seen turtles stop reproducing due to adverse issues.
Upon arrival, scientists and researchers tried to count each one of the turtles by marking their shells with non-toxic paint, but when they saw that they were too many, they used the drone, resulting in a total of 64,000 turtles that they give us in these difficult times, a majestic and beautiful image of nature.
Watch the viral Twitter video below …
Drone footage shows the largest remaining breeding ground for green turtles in the world. The video revealed up to 64,000 turtles swimming around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef during nesting season. https://t.co/wVqw0ZFjur pic.twitter.com/kTQwXAQIbZ
— CNN (@CNN) June 9, 2020