Every photographer dreams of making the perfect photo. A unique photo that will make headlines. Capturing something that will amaze everyone in this world. Nature has so much to offer, and it’s the most creative artist.
In November 2016, biologist Vanessa filmed the largest swarm of sea turtles to date. The biologist used her drone to capture the beautiful sight.
Her drone flew over the Costa Rica coastline. Vanessa used it to monitor olive ridley sea turtles and the process of reproduction.
Thousands of turtles swam in a group right near the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. The cloud of turtles was so wide and deep. New turtles kept emerging from the depths of the water.
“I immediately knew there was something special going on,” Vanessa said. “To this day I’m still blown away by the video. They look like bumper cars out there.”
In 1983, Ostional was founded as a protected area or shelter for turtles. Turtles are vulnerable species, and we don’t get to see swarms this big quite often. Unfortunately, this may be the last time we see anything like this.
Roldán Valverde, scientific director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Florida, said, “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 studies turtles and does her best to raise the awareness about their extinction. Turtles need protection, and this footage may help her protect the endangered species. Sea turtles are widespread, but they don’t have a lot of nesting sites across the world.
The biologist is worried about the problem and the survival of turtles. The tourism industry grows big, and beaches are packed with tourists. Turtles use beaches to nest. Current regulations don’t help, and authorities need to do something else.
Olive ridley sea turtles hatchlings have a low survival rate. They need our protection.
Vanessa also tries to determine why turtles gather in great number in this particular are between August and October. Is this in some way related to the sea currents and beach orientation.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature listed olive ridley sea turtles and five other turtle species as threatened.