Drone Captures the Largest Swarm of Sea Turtles Ever Filmed

The animal world is really amazing and because of that we love to watch all those captivating images of animals in their natural habitat. Every photographer wants to capture those amazing images and share them with the rest of the world as Nature has so much to show us.

The biologist Vanessa, in November 2016, succeeded to film the largest swarm of sea turtles recorded to date. She was flying her drone over the Costa Rican coastline when it registered a bundle of sea turtles. She used the drone for the purposes of a study that investigated olive ridley sea turtles and their reproduction.

Olive ridley sea turtles are among the six sea turtle species that the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed as threatened.

The film showed thousands of sea turtles swimming across a region just off Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. For every square meter there was one turtle, and there were even more when the drone ascended capturing new turtles rising from below the surface. 

The region of Ostional was established in 1983 as a protected area for the habitat of the turtles since they are considered a vulnerable species. However, this image could be one time thing as the chances are slim that we shall see swarms in this dense again.

Check the video below:

Vanessa Bézy reported the following:

I immediately knew there was something special going on. To this day I’m still blown away by the video. They look like bumper cars out there.”

In addition to this, Roldán Valverde, that scientific director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Florida, stated:

This is the only time I’ve seen a video capturing this phenomenon in the water. Most of the photography documenting this occurs on the beach.”

Vanessa Bézy as a biologist studies this particular specie of turtles and with this footage she hopes that she will raise higher awareness about the importance of protecting the species. It is a fact that the sea turtles are widespread, but their nesting sites are few in the world. If these nests are destroyed there will be no more sea turtles, and Bézy warns about the rising tourism industry around the beaches where they nest. There are regulations that protect this area but it seems that they are not enough. In addition to this, the olive ridley sea turtle hatchlings have a very low survival rate into adulthood, and if their nesting sites are being disturbed the chances of them becoming an extinct species are high.

She believes that her investigation will determine the reason why they gather in such great number particularly in the period between August and October. Some of the possible factors for such gathering could be beach orientation, sand type and sea currents. Vanessa still work on this, but her findings will for sure maximize the chances for survival for the species. 

Sources:

awesomejelly.com

nationalgeographic.co.uk

dailystar.co.uk