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Turtles and Collecting Data

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Why is it important to collect data from our reptile friends?

In this weekends new episode of Bondi Vet, Dr. Chris Brown travels up to sea turtle country in North Queensland to collect important data.

These coastal waters are home to six of the world’s seven species of turtles.

You may be asking yourself why we need to collect data from our reptile buddies - The answer is that it assists in protecting their habitat and monitoring how coastal pollutants affect their health.

Recaptured turtles are a great way of detecting any changes to their chemical load, which will establish if other toxins are polluting the area.

Turtles have been around for millions of years and tell an important story of what has been happening in the reef. This includes 200 years of industrialisation, coastal development, human habitation and pollution run off.

Turtles and other wildlife feed off what goes into the ocean, which is why data is fundamental to working out what is happening to not only the turtles, but to the eco system.

The data collected from turtles include blood samples, measurements, weight and tagging for future identification. This information is useful in observing any changes in the environment.

Green turtles are endangered on a global scale, which is why data collecting is vital for their future and keeping them alive. After data collection, all turtles are released back into the wild.

So be mindful about what you put down your sink and wash down your drain, eventually it ends up in our oceans affecting our marine wildlife.