Through the Eyes of a Sea Turtle

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  • By Nathan Jack Robinson


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim through the ocean like a sea turtle? We certainly have, and the idea of seeing the world through the eyes of a sea turtle inspired us to start the ‘TurtleCam’ project. 

These devices, or TurtleCams, are made up of a small dive camera, a radio transmitter, and a couple of recycled foam buoys. Each of these items is glued together to create a device that can be mounted directly on the shell of a free-swimming sea turtle using corrodible links that detach within a few hours allowing us to recover it and the footage it contains. These TurtleCams are providing us with a first-person (or should it be first-turtle?) perspective of how sea turtles see the world around them. 

The following footage was collected from a TurtleCam that was deployed onto a green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, in the waters of Eleuthera, an island in The Bahamas. To learn more about the TurtleCam project, contact me at 

Funding for this project was provided by the NOAA program, Our Way Together, as well as the Cape Eleuthera Institute.