Nature has shown us repeatedly, that its wonders never cease. We have seen many mind-blowing natural phenomena over the years. Here is the latest item to make that list. 

This is a large colony of sea turtles, who are widely known as green-sea turtles were seen in extensive numbers. Counting over 64000, these green-sea turtle colony grabbed the attention of Queensland authorities and they wasted no time in flying a drone over to capture a magnificent view. 

Researchers were worried about the accurate sea turtle population until this sighting 

Image credits: Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Queensland Government

Queensland environmental researchers quickly scrambled their drones to view and research the habitat of this colony on the coast of the Raine Islands. Situated in the outer rim of the Great Barrier-Reef, this location is ideal for them to nest onshore and make a living habitat which is spread over 32 hectares. 

Massive number of turtles are seen in the footage who are on their way to the shore and who have already started nesting. 

Queensland officials released a video into social media of this amazing turtle colony 

Image credits: Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Queensland Government

Image credits: Christian Miller

Green-sea turtle is a species that is threatened as endangered. Mostly due to human activities such as; poaching, egg harvesting, industrial activities, boat accidents and pollution. So, the Raines Islands are reserved as a project for turtle recovery. 

Past surveys to account the population, painted a white stripe on the accounted turtles while they nested on the beach. The paint that is used for this, was nontoxic and it will also wash away in the sea in a couple of days. 

Hopes build up as the massive numbers of the turtle colony are captured by the drone 

Image credits: Queensland Government

Raine Islands accommodating the green sea turtles on their journey to nest 

Image credits: Queensland Government

The widely spread count of turtles are roughly above 64000 turtles. Even with painting stripes on their shells, there were far too many turtles to be counted that the researchers only could get a rough number. 

Drone footage was used in the survey and accounting the numbers and also the ground that they cover in nesting. 

These Islands are one of the main global hotspots for the green sea turtles to use as their nesting grounds 

Image credits: Queensland Government

This colony of turtles is one of the largest colonies of turtles ever recorded 

Image credits: Christian Miller

The survey was more efficient than the traditional survey methods. Using drones to capture footage is a new and a faster method to collect data with a really low pollution in the process. 

Older methods of surveys are proven to be outdated time to time 

Video credits: Queensland Government

The footage that took the world with an awe 

Video credits: Queensland Environment

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