The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most spectacular natural formations. Not only is the reef incredibly stunning thanks to the many multi-colored coral that make it up, but this aquatic structure is also home to over 6,000 different marine species. The green sea turtle that is featured in this video is one of the many animals that lives in the reef.
Unfortunately, the Great Barrier Reef is being threatened by overfishing, man-made pollution, and warming ocean temperatures associated with climate change. In fact, scientists estimate that the Great Barrier Reef will reach a point of unalterable damage by 2030 if we don’t take action to mitigate the sources of these issues.
The good new is, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is doing just that with a number of Australia-based conservation groups. This particular green turtle is part of their research program that aims to understand how pollution and environmental factors are impacting the reef and the turtle population. Seeing the ocean floor from the turtle’s perspective is a great reminder of what we stand to lose if we don’t step in to protect this amazing ecosystem.
To learn more about WWF’s work in the Great Barrier Reef, click here.