Danger from the eyes of a tur­tle ex­plored in film

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

“GO SLOW for those be­low” – it is a sim­ple mes­sage and one the Whit­sun­day Lo­cal Marine Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee hopes will cut through.

On July 20, LMAC re­leased two short You Tube videos to high­light the po­ten­tial risk to marine life as a re­sult of more boat traf­fic cruis­ing re­gional wa­ters.

One of the aims of the video is for peo­ple to see dan­ger­ous sce­nar­ios from the per­spec­tive of the tur­tle.

The ini­tia­tive fea­tured com­mu­nity mem­bers and Can­non­vale State School stu­dents with the as­sis­tance of school staff mem­bers.

At­ten­tion is drawn to the shal­low habi­tats marine life such as tur­tles de­pend on for food fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

As such, boat op­er­a­tors are urged to take cau­tion on the wa­ter and re­port any in­jured marine wildlife to the RSPCA.

The video was pro­duced with aerial footage from WASP Whit­sun­day and un­der­wa­ter footage con­trib­uted by Rowan Byrne.

Whit­sun­day LMAC chair Tony Fontes called on Whit­sun­day res­i­dents to share the video and spread aware­ness be­yond the re­gion.

“(We) would love to see the lo­cal com­mu­nity get on board this ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign by shar­ing these videos with as many other peo­ple as pos­si­ble and us­ing them wher­ever they can as an ed­u­ca­tion tool for visi­tors and new­com­ers from out­side the re­gion,” he said.

To re­port in­jured wildlife call 1300 264 625.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UN­DER­WA­TER: ‘Go slow for those be­low’ raises boat­ing aware­ness of the im­pact on aquatic life.

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