A bird’s-eye view is so 2014.
If you want to see what’s happening under the sea, you need to consult with a turtle.
The video campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the reef, which is currently disappearing because its diverse plants and animals are having a tough time coping with climate change.
A controversial practice known as sea floor “dredging,” a process of scraping large areas of the sea floor to enlarge shipping channels, is adding to the stress on the reef.
Created by the WWF’s Christine Hof and marine biologist Ian Bell, the video starts with the GoPro being strapped on.
Then the turtle cruises underwater — notice the other turtle zooming to the right.
And he comes up for air.
Eventually, the turtle knocks the camera off.
A curious fish investigates.
“The Great Barrier Reef is home to almost 6000 species,” the original Youtube description reads. “Thanks to GoPro, here’s what the journey through it looks like for one of them: a turtle’s eye view of the Reef.”
On Thursday, UNESCO decided against putting the Great Barrier Reef — which is currently threatened by climate change — on their ‘in danger‘ list, which signifies that a place may be losing the properties that make it universally valuable.
Australian environmental minister Greg Hunt took that as a win for the country because it shows they have made strides in trying to save it from destruction.
In the past, the reef was handed what some have called a “death sentence” because of the encroach of climate change and Australia’s continued industrialisation. Already, 50% of the corals in the reef are gone, and the World Wildlife Foundation says that the Australian coal industry — which continues to boom — has been using the reef as a dumping ground.
Hunt says the decision to keep the reef from the worst category of endangerment shows that Australia has made huge strides in trying to save it from destruction.
But the struggle isn’t over: So far, Australia has promised to reduce pollution by 80% by 2025 and disallow the dumping of dredged materials around the reef.
This adorable video certainly adds to that awareness.
Watch the full video below.
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