Animal‐borne video from a sea turtle reveals novel anti‐predator behaviors

Scientific research project

Led by PhD candidate Jenna Hounslow, a team from Murdoch University’s Harry Butler Institute and Western Australia’s Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (DBCA) captured world-first video footage of an interaction between a tiger shark and sea turtle from the turtle’s perspective.

The footage was captured through the use of a camera mounted to the flapback turtle’s shell. The footage documents several attempted attacks by the tiger shark, ultimately failing as the fiesty reptile maintains its impressive defense.

I was bought onto the project to help analyse some of the data and discuss various methods of visualisation. I also produced the Turtle VS Shark Promotional Artwork for the project.