Even turtles are subject to 24/7 scrutiny

@JudyEv (254989)
Rockingham, Australia
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.
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@wolfgirl569 (48806)
• Marion, Ohio
26 Jun 20
Poor turtles. No one has any privacy anymore
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
There are spies in every corner of the world.
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@FourWalls (36170)
• United States
26 Jun 20
Think they’re trying to teach the turtles to smile like the quokka does?
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
That could be. Attract more tourists - more dollars for Australia!
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• India
26 Jun 20
I feel fascinated to know about them
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
There are many interesting things in the natural world.
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• India
27 Jun 20
@JudyEv without any doubt
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@arunima25 (66420)
• Bangalore, India
26 Jun 20
I would too like to volunteer for such group. That would be an experience of it's own kind and I am sure that would be fascinating.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
I might have left it a bit late but I might make some enquiries about it.
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@arunima25 (66420)
• Bangalore, India
27 Jun 20
@JudyEv Oh! Hope you get the opportunity to volunteer. We would too get to experience the excitement through your post here.
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@SHOHANA (16284)
• Bangladesh
26 Jun 20
Nice to know about Australian flatback turtles and i'm curious to see them
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Jun 20
I don't know if there are any in captivity or not. Maybe there are some in zoos.
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@msdivkar (23691)
• India
26 Jun 20
I can't understand knowing the life activity of s turtle can help the life of human beings. It must be just for academic interest.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Jun 20
Maybe they are just trying to help the life of the turtles. It's not always about humans. More knowledge about them might save them from becoming extinct.
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@LadyDuck (358945)
• Switzerland
26 Jun 20
I have seen documentaries of those baby turtles all moving from their nests to the oceans, poor babies, many will never become adults. Interesting about the flipper-flap, and I also love that phrase.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
I think I read somewhere that only about 5% read adulthood. That's not a very big percentage.
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@LadyDuck (358945)
• Switzerland
27 Jun 20
@JudyEv This is also what I have read, poor little things.
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@ptrikha_2 (34559)
• India
26 Jun 20
Such 24/7 scrutiny is good for research and scientific findings, yet is it good for the Turtles. I am not sure but they would be having certain discomfort with these devices.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
I understand your concern but with such a suction cup, I don't believe there would be too much discomfort.
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@sallypup (48869)
• Moses Lake, Washington
26 Jun 20
I love turtles but have barely been near any in my life. I did see a little frog the other day but no turtles.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
We have long-necked turtles in our wetter areas but you don't often see them. There are road signs warning of their presence.
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@MALUSE (67251)
• Germany
26 Jun 20
I was wondering why this turtle with the many bumps on the back was called 'flatback'. I've found several photos showing flat back sea turtles.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
Maybe it just has a flatter back than other varieties.
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@jayanth_77 (7306)
• India
26 Jun 20
The scientific experiments on turtles to know about their life in sea is for academic purposes. Hope these gadgets don't interfere in the turtles normal everyday activities.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
They aren't very big for the size of the turtle and looked okay to me. I can't see that they would interfere.
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@DianneN (238154)
• United States
26 Jun 20
I would love to volunteer in Florida or South Carolina for that, too. We do have turtles laying eggs in our lawn here in Connecticut.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
Really?? So do they hatch? And, if so, where do the babies try to get to? How exciting.
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@DianneN (238154)
• United States
27 Jun 20
@JudyEv Yes, some have hatched. They go across the street to a pond, very, very slowly.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Jun 20
@DianneN Do you help them across the street?
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@CarolDM (157205)
• United States
26 Jun 20
Would love to join that volunteer team.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
It would be fun, wouldn't it?
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@CarolDM (157205)
• United States
27 Jun 20
@JudyEv Yes it would.
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@LindaOHio (76155)
• United States
26 Jun 20
Thank you for all of the interesting information. I hope you get to count baby turtles in the future.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
I hope I'm not too old for such projects. That's my one concern.
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@LindaOHio (76155)
• United States
27 Jun 20
@JudyEv Set your mind to accomplishing it soon!
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@just4him (254998)
• 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.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
Thanks. I must find out more about counting turtles. Obviously there will be a very limited 'season' for such a thing.
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@just4him (254998)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Jun 20
@JudyEv I hope you do. It should be fun.
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@kobesbuddy (135794)
• 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!
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Jun 20
Certainly there have been a lot of animals sacrificed under the guise of 'fashion'.
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@kobesbuddy (135794)
• East Tawas, Michigan
28 Jun 20
@JudyEv They call it science progressing their knowledge. I view it as cruelty to animals.
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@DocAndersen (50272)
• United States
26 Jun 20
what's next, tracking humans? poor turtles. they can't even stop in the local pub with the scientist guessing what they are drinking!
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Jun 20
We like to know everything about everything. There has been a lot in our news lately about foreign countries hijacking our security cameras and watching everything a person does.
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@DocAndersen (50272)
• United States
28 Jun 20
@JudyEv i have a camera set to watch my camera, watching the camera watching the front door!
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@vilma143 (2908)
• Dipolog, Philippines
26 Jun 20
Yes, thank you for sharing this post , we have also Turtles here in the Philippines. They are endangered species, our government avoided people to catch them.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
In Thailand years ago they were protected too but the people were still very keen to catch them.
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@vilma143 (2908)
• 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.
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@Babale (1925)
• Semarang, Indonesia
27 Jun 20
Turtles are ancient animals that are very tough.
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
They live a long time too, don't they?
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@RasmaSandra (47039)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Jun 20
Even turtles need their privacy. I have never seen or heard about flatback turtles,
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@JudyEv (254989)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
They are indigenous to Australia it seems.
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