Amazing footage captured underwater shows a turtle’s world

World Ocean Day might just be another hashtag on Instagram beside a picture of a pretty blue sea, before you scroll on by.

But when you stop to look at the beauty of what goes on beneath the waves, and the threat that marine life is under, it challenges us all to ask how we can make a change.

The special day, hosted on June 8, is a movement that calls on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030 – with the mission entitled 30×30.

By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly-protected areas, we can help ensure a healthy home for all.

In a bid to open the public’s eyes to the issue, marine biologists are introducing different sea creatures to us so that we can connect with our underwater commrades.

And the team from the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas have done an incredible job by capturing fascinating footage of turtles on the island of Eleuthera.

The project, inspired by marine biologist Nathan Jack Robinson and entitled TurtleCam, sees cameras attached to turtles to give a unique first-person insight into their world.

The footage – which was shot in March but shared this week by Unilad to celebrate World Ocean Day – is being used to help people understand sea turtle behaviour, and consequently how we interact with the world around them.

Robinson explained: “If we can get people excited about sea turtles, this is often the impetus people need to live more eco-friendly lives.

“If the whole world is onboard, we are going to be successful.”

In adorable scenes, the young turtles have shown they are much more social than previously thought as they are seen ‘nuzzling’ with one another.

The cameras are attached by a metal link that naturally corrode in the water, with the camera then floating to the surface where the crew can retrieve it.

It is hoped that the project can help conservation efforts and raise awareness about marine life around the world.

Robinson is a big advocate of how being exposed to nature can have significant benefits for our mental wellbeing.

In an Instagram post during his turtle mission, he wrote: “Studies have even shown that the more immersive our experience in nature, the better it is for blocking out feelings of pain or anxiety. Essentially, we lose ourselves in the awe of the world around us.

“As we all deal with the implications of a global pandemic, I believe such eco-therapy can play a vital role in helping us cope with the associated feelings of uncertainty and fear.

“To play my part in bringing nature into people’s lives during a time of quarantine, I will share full 6 hours of #turtlecam videos with the world.

“Is there a better way to forgot about today’s troubles than by spending an afternoon dreaming about what it would be like to swim through the ocean like a sea turtle?”

Umm, no.