Rashies recycled into turtle swimsuits aid research

October 16, 2015

Am I the only one who thinks turtles are possibly the cutest creatures on earth? As a confrontation evader, I'm envious of their ability to withdraw into the confines of their shell when the going gets tough. Their pre-historic appearance is testimony to a species that has survived many epochs, but what does the future hold for reptiles in the wake of global warming?
The University of Queensland is undertaking a three year research project to learn more about what is required to protect the habitats of endangered species, such as these sea turtles. Miniature cozzies were fashioned from discarded togs and rashies, and allowed the turtles in the study to "slip into something more comfortable", no "Brazlian" required. The swimsuits trap faeces in a tiny tube, that are then collected and analysed for important indicators.
Head researcher, Dr David Booth has discovered that, "‘If the climate continues to warm as is predicted, and if we want to preserve sea turtle populations at their current level at their current locations, then some sort of active management will need to be implemented." Quick smart, please save our turtles from extinction.



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