You Gotta See This: A Turtle’s Eye View of The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is home to almost 6,000 species. As part of a conservation project, WWF-Australia put a GoPro on the back of a turtle. The result is breathtaking images of the Reef.


The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and includes over 2,900 reefs, and around 940 islands and cays.

Protecting the reef has benefits beyond conservation – it is also an investment in the continued security of coastal communities and provides significant benefits to the Australian economy.

Reef industries, such as tourism and fishing, which contribute approximately $5.4 billion annually to the Australian economy and support about 69,000 jobs, are reliant on a healthy environment.

Historically, the GBR was regarded as a well protected, pristine wonderland – a safe haven for delicate corals and abundant fish. But as scientists came to understand more about its complexities, a different picture emerged. They discovered that poor fishing practices, pollutionand coral bleaching exacerbated by increased sea temperatures due to global warming are all seriously threatening the reef’s future.