One of the world’s most endangered species, the sea turtle, is under threat from human encroachment and poaching. But a conservation biologist has developed a strategy that could help save them. By placing 3D-printed eggs with GPS trackers in nesting grounds, poachers who scoop up decoys unwittingly provide information for conservationists and law enforcement.
Paso Pacifico, a conservation organization that uses fake 3D printed turtle eggs to track illegal poachers, believes Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity can help improve its environmental mission, which is now named “InvestEGGator.”
Sea turtles have been survived for millions of years, but now face extinction. How do you protect sea turtles eggs on remote, miles-long beaches in developing countries from poachers working in the dark? Global System for Mobile Communications, or GSM, enabled IoT trackers may provide an answer to this scourge.