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This is a 3D model (“Shelly”) of a near-adult loggerhead (ID=982.000406129037) sea turtle (Caretta caretta) that was initially captured on June 23, 2017 by the Inwater Research Group, and then photgraphed with the Beastcam technology with 20 Canon G16 cameras. Photographer Christine Shepard operated the cameras and the sea turtle was released that same day in good condition. The 3D model was initially created through a photogrammetry scan using Capturing Reality.
Animator Johnson Martin then used Blender to reconstruct the full sea turtle from these scans, as well as animate the movements. Jeanette Wyneken from Florida Atlantic University, and Dr. Charles Mairne from the Loggerhead MarineLife Center each provided feedback on the movements, which were also based on kinematic data.
Both low and high-resolution models are freely available for creative and non-profit use upon request. For this, and to inquire about licensing, please visit www.digitallife3d.org