Have You Met Fiona The Flatback Turtle?

Meet Fiona, the flatback turtle who embodies the magic of 3D photogrammetry.

Explore the process behind this innovative technique, its applications  in wildlife conservation, and the exciting future it promises.

Have you ever wondered how technology can bring the wonders of nature  closer to us, allowing us to marvel at its intricate details?

Meet Fiona, a remarkable flatback turtle who is part of the North West  Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program team and a shining example of  the innovative world of 3D photogrammetry.

Fiona is not just any flatback turtle; she is a model crafted through the fascinating technique of ‘3D photogrammetry.’

This groundbreaking method, pioneered by Dr. Duncan Irschick of Digital  Life 3D, has revolutionized how we perceive and study the wildlife  around us.

By employing a unique setup of 30 cameras arranged in a ring, this  technique captures every angle and facet of a study animal, creating a  comprehensive visual record.

The process begins with a single session of capturing images of the  subject from every possible angle while adhering to rigorous animal  ethics protocols.

Skilled computer graphics designers then transform these images into  intricate 3D models, complete with textured surfaces, vibrant colors,  and even simulated body movements.

The result is a lifelike representation that offers an unparalleled view of the animal’s body structure and characteristics.

Fiona’s 3D model is not just a work of art. It is a powerful educational tool and a boon for researchers alike.

There is still so much more to discover about these incredible creatures!

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