What a fabulous sight

Just seen on the evening news, Tuesday June 9th, around 64,000 green turtles swimming around one of the islands close to the Great Barrier Reef, just waiting for the right moment to come ashore and lay their eggs. 

I heard Rain Island, but I could be wrong and I'm not sure if the spelling is correct.

The film was taken from a helicopter I think, the water so blue and each turtle lit up by an iridescent marking on their backs, I think, put there by those counting and marking in previous years. 

I did see a short clip of a huge turtle being marked by a man with a paint roller, so I'm guessing that's how it was done in years gone by.

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  1. Film taken by a drone. Wasn't it just terrific to see! It was also so good to hear that the population number of green turtles has been very underestimated.

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    1. Andrew; a drone! That explains the silence, I wasn't paying too much attention at first, so assumed a helicopter. I'm also glad to hear there are more turtles than thought.

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  2. How wonderful that there are more green turtles than previously thought. I had to read all about them on the internet as green turtles are out of my radar here in the UK! Loved all the pictures of them.

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    1. AMKT; I hadn't known about the numbers, but I'm gad there are more.

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    1. Charlotte; it certainly is. We just have to take more care of it.

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  4. Oh that's good news - more of it every day due in part, perhaps to the shutdown of our planet.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW; it is great news, I don't suppose the shutdowns have had too much effect, but every little bit less pollution has to help.

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  5. Oh I didn't see that, probably on a different news here.
    Hope all goes well for them.

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    1. Margaret D; it was channel 7 here in Adelaide, but Andrew saw it too and he's in Melbourne, so maybe it was shown nationally. What is the equivalent of channel 7 where you are?

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    2. We have Tasmanian news on channel 7, occasionally news from the mainland which accounts for why I didn't see that news. R.

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  6. How amazing.
    I missed it and am very, very sorry I did.

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    1. Elephant's Child; maybe you can find it on you tube?

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  7. I have seen the turtles come on the beach to lay thier eggs in Florida. Amazing sight.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; I've seen the Florida ones on TV a long time ago, it is amazing, even more amazing is the babies hatching and scampering towards the water.

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    2. I was once lucky enough to join a Turtle Safari which was sponsored by the Game and Fish Commission. We would go on the beach at hatching time to rescue the babies. They would get confused by the lights of the condos thinking they were the moon and would go the wrong way and if not rescued, they would become stranded against the seawall and the predators had turtle snacks. We caught the wrong way guys and they were released in the ocean. It was a wonderful experience.

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  8. Hooray! We get so very excited when we see nests on the beach. There are usually a few every season where we go, but that number is astounding.

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    1. messymimi; I was also quite surprised by the numbers and by the sizer of the turtles.

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  9. Good luck to all those turtles! I know they can swim well enough, but is there enough beach room for all of them?
    I must look them up on the internet, because by now video will be posted. Thanks for the news.

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    1. Joanne; Australia has miles and miles of beach, there will be enough room.

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  10. Yes, something positive is good for heart and soul.
    Thank you for sharing this. Sweet memories of the little Coral Bay near Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef).
    I can imagine how a reef looks like from above, oh, one can dream! And forget the darn situation.

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  11. I saw some big truttle when we were in Hawaii

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  12. Wouldn't it be something to see it in person; it would be amazing. Video is good, too!

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