Even turtles are subject to 24/7 scrutiny
By Judy Evans
June 25, 2020 10:18pm CST
A day or two ago, there was an interesting article on my newsfeed about Australian flatback turtles. These live and nest only in/on Australian waters and beaches. They can weigh up to 90 kgs. Up till now, research has focussed on their onshore habits which accounts for only 0.5% of their life. Now, 29 turtles, in Broome’s Roebuck Bay in West Australia, have been fitted with a gadget that records a range of different functions from flipper flaps (love that phrase – flipper flaps ) to deep dives. There is a camera option too, which records eight hours of video. Some of the footage shows a turtle fighting off a tiger shark. The equipment is attached to the shell with a suction cup. Even a turtle’s life is no longer private. And, in case you’re wondering, flatback turtles flipper-flap every second if cruising but four times a second when speeding. They also dig shallow holes in the sand as camouflage with resting. Joining a volunteer group of people who count the number of baby turtles making their way from their nests on the beach into the sea in on my bucket list. I wonder if I’ll ever do it. The photo is not of a flatback turtle but one we saw in a zoo.
36 people like this
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Jun 20
That would be a fun group to volunteer with. I hope you can one day and scratch it off your bucket list. I like the term flipper flaps too. So cool. Good information about the flatback turtle. Nice picture of a turtle.
• East Tawas, Michigan
26 Jun 20
Scientist doing what they do best, meddling with nature. Mankind is stupid, but they will never admit to their own errors! Just look at how wild animals have been made extinct, so a woman can parade around in a fur coat!
• Dipolog, Philippines
27 Jun 20
@JudyEv , Yes, I heard that too, but the government must educate and strict their people on not to harm this beautiful creature, maybe they are not seen that is why. I hope so, they love this beautiful creature. have a nice day.