Everything about Sea Turtles - Smarter Every Day 239
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  • SmarterEveryDay

    I hope you enjoy this video. My thought was to not make a "UZmilk video" style video.... but to make something I would be proud of for years to come. About a year ago I was presented with an opportunity to go to a sea turtle conservation center in Costa Rica. There I met Valerie, an amazing conservation researcher who has a true passion for sea turtles. When I returned home I contacted Dr. Christine Finniger who taught me more. When the Cook Museum told me about their amazing opportunity with Kale the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, I was totally floored. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed the experience. Also, this is the first time DJI has sponsored Smarter Every Day. The Mavic Mini is going to be a great tool for upcoming videos. I've already shot a couple of things for upcoming videos with it. If you'd like to signal to them that you're glad they've decided to sponsor Smarter Every Day it would be awesome if you'd consider going here: →bit.ly/3ePEAjS ← and use promo code KLDE2Q87JZU9 to get 5% off when purchasing the DJI Mavic Mini or Mavic Mini Fly More Combo. They didn't tell me to put this in the comment section. I legitimately like the product and think you will too! As always, thanks for watching and supporting my efforts to learn all kinds of interesting things. I'm grateful for you. Regards, Destin

    • shadow stalk
      shadow stalk

      Ik I’m late but next summer I’m making it an obligation to go see kale...

    • Ivan Lopez
      Ivan Lopez


    • Anthony McNab
      Anthony McNab

      You should keep your beard 🧔, also love your work bro 😎

    • Nathan Auld
      Nathan Auld


    • Troy Stevens
      Troy Stevens

      This has been my favorite video so far. I love turtles and this video touched my heart. I appreciate you on a family type level. My wife and I always sit and watch your show and think, "this guy has done everything" I seen this video and I decided that we were right lol. If we can save one turtle, that's what it's all about. Thank you for your interest in turtles and I'm glad we can share this love. Thanks also for the tears. Turtles are so innocent. Much love Destin. Sincerely Troy Stevens.

  • Hosen

    anyone else notice how all the coral is bleached and dead? :( that made me really sad ... theres one or two fish... where as there should be over thousands of different species in the same ecosystem

  • Gallowglass

    Poor guy with the straw in his nose. Owch.

  • Edwin a Rivera Hernandez
    Edwin a Rivera Hernandez

    Deberias de aser smart evryday en español va a ser un palo me avisas para irme a trabajar contigo

  • Troy Rubert
    Troy Rubert

    Pura vida!

  • Donovan Lym
    Donovan Lym

    So interesting. Best of your videos so far. Yes, he’s/she’s a cute guy/gal. Made me smile.

  • Golbez

    i shouldnt have watched this while eating.... particularly around 22 minutes ish...

  • Anders Larsen
    Anders Larsen

    Man that straw. Wish it were possible to take some DNA from that straw, find the person that used it and punch the person.


    adorable and cute the little girl said it best !

  • Billy Tracy
    Billy Tracy

    did a great job 10\10

  • Matt

    this 54 minute video went by so fast. I literally cried multiple times. Love the videos destin keep it up

  • Bigi pienninen
    Bigi pienninen

    18:58 RC-XD Deployed

  • Jack Ford
    Jack Ford

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  • JPS 3B
    JPS 3B

    I like turtles…

  • Jimmy Panz
    Jimmy Panz

    ah yes the germans

  • Pallomember

    12:03 Aight Imma head out

  • William LoCascio
    William LoCascio

    @52:27 is everything pure in life

  • Łukasz Rząsa
    Łukasz Rząsa

    I'm also an engineer...and I'm watching a video about turtles...and it's very interesting... How awesome the science is!!!

  • montano0222

    It's enough to make a grown man cry...and that's alright

  • george youssef
    george youssef

    Amazing video . You did a very good thing that you didn't only explain things about turtles, but you also advertised the learning camp at Costa Rica and the Dr website to help people do all that stuff . You are not closing it on yourself , no you are promoting others to do the same ... Great job

  • Keith Noah
    Keith Noah

    Lame to water down the turtle population with weak turtles.

  • enemysteve48 steve
    enemysteve48 steve

    thats pretty cool not gonna lie

  • James Mitchell
    James Mitchell


  • Rolf Lanzinger
    Rolf Lanzinger

    Just a fantastic small documentary film. Ne its not. Its somthing different than expected, but exceptional and full of emotion, very informative with a great personal touch. You did a very professional work on it. I did not only enjoyed it, watching your video, I'm also very impressed. I see your investment of time and the work, that needs to be done after, for arranging the right cuts, music etc.. . The best part is, I felt to be a part of it. You made me feeling to be a part of it. I need to process this first. Just accept, my thanks to you and your team, for this exceptional great video, I have been able to watch. Thanks

  • AwesumeSauce

    Never knew he knew Spanish and I love it

  • Keith burton
    Keith burton

    Thank you for your videos, I enjoy them very much. I like your presenting style, your politeness, good manners. What a great dad doing cool stuff. Liked the baseball cannon and sub ones. 57 year old Brit enjoying learning.

  • Chris Thompson
    Chris Thompson

    I didn't know it an hour ago, but I'll be donating and driving from St Louis to see Kale in person. It is the way. I just love him/her now.

  • Dougy Doug
    Dougy Doug

    Why don't they relocate the turtle rehabilitation center next to the pier with the fisherman are? Maybe they could even relocate the building under the pier, in the water. That way, they can just sit and wait there for a turtle to get hooked.

  • Dougy Doug
    Dougy Doug

    I dont have many nice things to say about the fisherman on the pier, but I guess they are providing people with a job..........

  • richardj ellis
    richardj ellis

    🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰 😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲 GREAT VIDEO.!🥺😁🧐😁🧐😁!. You've done it again.!😲!. Smashed it right out'the park.!😲!. Simply Fantastic.!😲!. 😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲 🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰😲🥰 LOVE THE VIDS KEEP'EM COMING RICH(UK) 🥰🥰🥰.

  • turtlesonurface

    Hey Destin, are you doing alright? I've missed many of your last videos. But something tells me you might be going through some intense things..

  • Diogenes

    "makes you feel all the things." yes sir! they do. i guess its some sort of sadness. we know that this unwritten piece of paper will soon be full of remarks written in all caps red letters, while all the nice remarks will lack space very soon. this rule of consciousness helps us to avoid danger and to live longer. but at what cost.

  • Jason Firewalker
    Jason Firewalker

    Kale wasn't trying to get comfortable. Sea turtles don't have the neck muscles to hold thier heads up for long. Sitting at the bottom of a stinky plastic bin after a lifetime of sea breeze I can see why she was trying to get fresher air. Maybe elevate her with an upturned dish strainer and cut a hole in the bin.

  • NolieRavioli

    why didnt i see this vid when it came out???

  • Jeffrey Ballard
    Jeffrey Ballard

    If we are saving 1000s of turtles that would have died due to natural selection, wouldn't it be be accurate to say that we are damaging the viability of the genetics of future generations of the turtles? or are these turtles deeper due to weather/climate conditions. And even if it was due to weather/climate, if natural selection doesn't occur aren't we causing more harm than good?

  • Arnab Dutta
    Arnab Dutta

    Thanks to Chris's video I have stopped using plastic straw completely. Soon I hope I can live without any plastic as day to day object.

  • Scorpius1122

    Nobody insults the turtles!

  • no

    Micheal Reeves.

  • Max

    to be fair tho sea turtles disturb my ability to drink ice coffee with a functional straw which i think is pretty substantial

  • Ken Culver
    Ken Culver

    will it change their returne ?

  • Goodco limgpu
    Goodco limgpu

    messing with the food chain, predators need to eat to

  • Skull Squad
    Skull Squad

    I had an awesome 4th grade teacher who was a Marine Biologist and went all over the world saving animals. She taught us everything from Elephant Seals to Sea Turtles, it's the only class I can really remember from grade school.

  • Death the Kid
    Death the Kid

    Keep the beard btw

  • aussanadian

    Dude I got a little bit of dust in my eyes when they put kale in the big tank!

  • Arn

    a turtle made it to the water!

  • PatRiot

    Fascinating how humans are so worried about the turtles but don’t seem to consider the things that survive on baby turtles 🤨 We also kill dogs in “rescue shelters”

  • Ray Steffen
    Ray Steffen

    Heavy hangers!

  • Frank “old man” Woods
    Frank “old man” Woods

    Micheal reeves is furious.

  • Nate B
    Nate B

    My wife and I just went to go see Kale today. We are in town for a wedding and just last week I saw this video about Kale and it made us want to visit while we were in town. The Cook museum was very neat place to visit.

  • Kerry Graham
    Kerry Graham

    Thank you for this. So heart warming

  • Lee Banette
    Lee Banette

    Sea turtles are so cute!

  • Dmytro Kiktenko
    Dmytro Kiktenko

    Could it hurt turtle's genetic representation if will be made in bigger scale?

  • the gaming teen
    the gaming teen

    I went to the cooks musim and saw that turtle not long ago

  • Ray Mack
    Ray Mack

    Sea turtles are amazing and so are you.

  • Ly Bunseng
    Ly Bunseng

    “Everyone likes sea turtles” Michael reeves: KILL THEM ALLL

  • R2robot

    This was amazing. I feel like Kale is going to need a much much MUCH larger tank very soon. please!

  • Connie Grunwald
    Connie Grunwald

    The jobless eggnog physiologically employ because group joly explain unto a festive wing. well-groomed, plain innocent

  • ProcrastinaThor

    who could dislike this? edit: I added this comment in the beggining and honestly, people who disliked didnt watched it.

  • M1h4pro •
    M1h4pro •

    In china they have this but not to save turtles to eat turtles

  • Casa Lavistacion
    Casa Lavistacion

    OMG! poor little turtles!

  • Caleb Lucas
    Caleb Lucas

    I’m from mobile Alabama it’s so cool to see that you were there!

  • enoughofyourkoicarp

    Destin: "Laminar flow, snatch blocks, aircraft, things like that." Me, an idiot: "Those are the same kind of thing? I need to improve my understanding of mechanical engineering, good thing I'm here to be honest..."

  • Yan Nadeau
    Yan Nadeau

    So basically Destin go learn Spanish, make a vlog doesn't post it, interview a researcher doesn't post it, get a chance to transport a turtle to his forever home and think hey I have those videos from 5 years ago. I need to work on how I name my videos. No way I can find anything more than a year old

  • void light
    void light

    I had a really similar moment in hawaii, I turned a corner while swimming by reefs and there was a massive 5 foot turtle snacking on something, it looked like he turned his head towards me and nodded like" whats up man" . I wanted to stay and watch but i swam away as to not disturb them.

  • Baby__ Microwave
    Baby__ Microwave

    I have nightmares of needles that big

  • Jimmy Gravitt
    Jimmy Gravitt

    Wait, they gave him fluid subcutaneously? Doesn't that leave a bubble of water in the skin that takes forever to absorb?

  • Jimmy Gravitt
    Jimmy Gravitt

    43:14 this is why I still have faith in humanity. There is nothing so bad that good will not win out.

  • Jimmy Gravitt
    Jimmy Gravitt

    "Be comfortable with being uncomfortable". Same advice I give to aspiring soldiers.

  • ItComes OutWet
    ItComes OutWet

    I absolutely love turtles. I want to see them hatch

  • Darth GBC
    Darth GBC

    Wow.... Absolutely beautiful. I'm on the mechanical side of thinking also. When I see Kale's flipper, I see how it resembles a wind turbine blade. Man is very destructive towards nature, even though we need it to survive. I would like to see a series on cleaning our planet. - old vs. new, recycle vs. reuse. - Best physical ways to clean the oceans of plastic - Skimmers, filters, attached to all big ships? - Or would special collection ships / barges be better? - One big filter or net for storm drains before they're dumped back into the river in every city? - 100' tall nets around all land fills? - Best future laws or rules to keep the oceans clean? - Why is plastic used now, when we all know glass was used & reused in the past? Milk, soda, beer........ - What's the best way to dispose of plastic when it can't be recycled anymore? - Shred for landfill? - Incinerate? - What's more green? - Recycling plastic? - Local? - State? - National? - World? - Quit making plastic? - Bury plastic? - Burn plastic? Every answer seems to bring up more questions. I can keep going.

  • The One And Only
    The One And Only

    God has such a beautiful creation

  • AJ Rupert
    AJ Rupert

    I totally thought it was a dead turtle when he said that


    He prob lives with camera, sleeps with camera, washes with camera

  • Sabian Gone Wild
    Sabian Gone Wild

    you shaved your eyebrows???

  • Alex f
    Alex f

    For hundreds of millions of years various evolutionary pressures have caused most of earth's life to be entirely wiped out only to lead to life recovering and continuing its constant change. Then modern conservationist decided they knew better than all of living history. People act as though humanity will lead to all life ending on earth but ignore that there are many species we have no interest in or have a domestic purpose that leads to the creatures being bred for that purpose. Its obvious at this point the ultimate goal of humanity is the dominance of the earth and nature is going to adapt to us the same it has to everything else. If you care about these turtles create a business model that helps them proliferate to meet demand. They breed lions for hunting and private ownership and now the species is less likely to go extinct. Be practical not emotional and things will actually get done

  • Serene Greene
    Serene Greene

    Just a bit of information that maybe some people are un-aware of; Fish hooks and the metal they are made of, are designed to deteriorate VERY quickly when left out in the environment. A design meant to protect US, and the other living things that may come in contact with them, if they are lost or incidentally un-retrievable.

  • kleemann karl peter
    kleemann karl peter

    Thank God he doesn't know Michael's enemy

  • Rhoninja Redbone
    Rhoninja Redbone

    i hate destin with facial hair 6:17

  • TweaqzAU

    When she said Kale is her favirote vegetable :{

  • theGamingHero

    STOP SHOWING ME THIS VIDEO!!!!!!! Everytime I let videos play in the background it doesnt matter what Im watching, I could literally start letting it play on a naked yoga video and somehow it always ends up at this video... this is like the 50th time I've listened to it and I wouldnt be suprised if that was an understatement...

    • R/Uncle Rico
      R/Uncle Rico

      same, this and the 1mill to 1 billion video

  • Tammy Master
    Tammy Master

    I'm interested in and the new updates that nuclear power is available in space this seems to be a direction that would be most useful in looking into more stocks into viable energy and the use of nuclear power in space

  • CerberaOdollam

    What's your stance on evolution?

  • Bread On Deck
    Bread On Deck

    52:33 no she's adorable awwwwwwwww

  • Bread On Deck
    Bread On Deck

    zombie kid: "i like turtles"

  • Sergio Olmos
    Sergio Olmos

    You're espanol... Not bad. Keep it up!

  • p.lu.k

    you and your family are always welcome here. Next time you come to Costa Rica you have to make a Sound Traveler episode in Volcan Rincon de la Vieja National park, the roaring vapor coming from the ground just below your feet is... well, you need to be there.

  • Anorexickoala

    What about michael reeves?

  • Name Last
    Name Last

    The work they do is awesome! The way you present it is as well ! I hope they can eventually find him or her a friend to be in the tank with.

  • Kol Andy
    Kol Andy

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  • Record Games
    Record Games

    “ en espano-my goodness, are these the baby turtles?!”

  • jake smith
    jake smith

    Do you need a 'part 107' to use the drone footage in your videos since you are making money on the footage?

  • Darryl Kinslow
    Darryl Kinslow

    I was not paying attention at all, I was commenting on Facebook, and all I hear is "I've done it before, I've never done it with a turtle this small" I busted out laughing.

  • Brooke Heath
    Brooke Heath

    My dad just now told me about this but by telling me about Kale he has obligated himself to take me to the Cooks Museum since we only live like 30 mins away

  • Michael Calvert
    Michael Calvert

    hello watch the video for the answers

  • jamcdonald120

    Spoilers: leopard print is also named after things that use to be made from leopard pelts

  • Resident EV1L
    Resident EV1L

    Poor turtle glad they got that straw out

  • Resident EV1L
    Resident EV1L


  • Think

    Where’s the turtle’s approval?

  • A. Bosch
    A. Bosch

    I am beginning to like that south African/Belgian accent

  • T Spin
    T Spin

    Why am I craving soup