Drones with thermal cameras help in effort to save sea turtles from extinction

Thermal images of turtles
(Image credit: DJI)

The Department of Marine & Costal Resources in Thailand has been using DJI drones to search for – and protect – Leatherback Sea Turtle nesting sites. The turtles nest on the shore, and without the drones, can come and go before the scientists spot them, leaving eggs at risk.

In a video DJI shared, Dr Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, explains the need to identify and protect the remaining nesting sites, and how much more effective this approach is than searching on foot.

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