Scientists Work to Help Sea Turtles Safely Lay Eggs at Remote Island

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20171 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Researchers have developed a program to save thousands of sea turtles, in danger of falling to their deaths while attempting to lay eggs, at the remote Raine Island.

On Wednesday, December 7, a team of scientists was accompanied by the Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, who witnessed their work. Footage from the trip shows the turtles finding places in the dunes to lay their eggs.

A nesting ground for about 60,000 green turtles every year, Raine Island was home to a program developed <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-10/green-sea-turtles-thrive-raine-island-recovery-project-qld/7833294" target="_blank">to reshape parts of the beach</a> in a bid to protect breeding grounds. As part of the initiative, the team used pool fencing to help turtles falling off sand cliffs.

The Cairns Post reported the collaborative effort between private and public sectors had <a href="http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/commissioner-calls-private-sector-to-arms-to-save-more-threatened-species/news-story/9916fa63660e2207fa8b33947d2f01b7" target="_blank">saved thousands of eggs from rising water levels</a>, reversing the declining turtle breeding rate.

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