AI technology helps protect sea turtle nests from feral pigs in north Queensland

Scientists and Indigenous rangers are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to help protect endangered sea turtle nesting sites on Queensland’s western Cape York.

As recently as 2015, feral pigs were wiping out entire generations of turtles on kilometres of beaches south of Aurukun.

“They can smell the eggs, they dig up the nests and they eat the eggs,” James Cook University turtle researcher Jennie Gilbert said.


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