Turtles are fascinating creatures with the earliest one known dating back 220 million years. Despite humans’ interest in these animals for thousands of years, very little is actually known about vast areas of their lives.
Thanks to National Geographic’s Crittercam, researchers have been able to study the giant South American river turtle as never before. The custom made camera provided unprecedented access to the turtles’ uninterrupted underwater behavior and interactions.
These turtles have become so critically endangered that their beaches are protected by armed guards during sensitive months, making this footage all the more valuable.