See Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Through the Eyes of a GoPro-Wearing Turtle
A sea turtle with a GoPro camera strapped to its back has provided a remarkable view of life along Australia’s 1,800-mile Great Barrier Reef.
The reef is one of the “seven wonders of the natural world,” listed alongside the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia, Paricutin volcano in Mexico, Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Mount Everest, located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, Rio de Janeiro’s harbor and the Northern Lights.
The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) fitted the green sea turtle with a small camera to get a better idea of the animals’ behavior once they’re released into the wild. The video, published last week, provides a turtle’s eye view of the world’s largest coral reef system, home to more than 6,000 species. The WWF is working with a number of organizations in Australia to learn about how pollution is affecting the turtles.
Most sea turtle species are classified as endangered, the WWF reports, a result of getting accidentally caught in fishing gear and being hunted for their eggs, meat, skin and shells and often face. Climate change has had an adverse effect on the nesting sites of turtles, according to the WWF.
On Wednesday, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided not to add the Great Barrier Reef to the list of World Heritage Sites “in danger” of being harmed or destroyed, but said it would remain on the organization’s watch list for another four years, Australia’s ABC News reports. Australia has developed a Reef 2050 plan, which aims to protect the reef by limiting port development, banning the dumping of dredge spoil at sea and cleaning up water running onto the reef.