The video was created by the WWF Australia to raise awareness about saving and protecting the reef.
The small, carefully fitted GoPro camera was strapped to the back of a turtle as part a comprehensive conservation project looking to find out more about the levels of pollution in the reef, according to WWF-Australia, which posted the almost 4-minute-long footage on its Facebook page on June 25.
You can now take a tour of the fascinating underwater world in a most unexpected way: on the back of a turtle.
“Australia has promised to prioritize the health of the reef over damaging activities like dumping dredge spoil”, said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF global. For this fantastic place to flourish again, governments and businesses alike have a crucial role to play. ” “A social media campaign, identified by the hashtag “#SOSReef”, urged the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage leaders to keep the reef off the “in-danger list”, and work towards protection and recovery plans.
The organization said it would continue to monitor Australia’s progress to restore the reef’s health over the next four years.
On Wednesday, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee declined to put the reef on its “in danger” list.
The ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral, where numerous species of colorful fish, mollusks, starfish, turtles, dolphins and sharks are living.
Marine turtles in the Reef are exposed to a range of natural and human-related impacts.