Sea turtle collection in Moreton Bay, Australia for important diet studies. Photograph from University of Queensland News.
Researchers at the University of Queensland, have been working from the ‘bottom’ up to figure out what loggerhead sea turtles eat and where that prey is from so improved conservation measures can better protect the endangered species.
When faced with the dilemma of trying to collect feces from extremely heavy sea turtles, UQ researchers Owen Coffee and Carmen da Silva came up with a new way to use the old standby for poop collection – a turtle diaper.
The sea turtles customized giant ‘nappy’. Photograph from University of Queensland News.