Green Sea Turtle

(Chelonia mydas). Nueces County, Texas.

This young sea turtle was scraping algae from rocks along a jetty. Photographing it was a fun challenge. I was unable to get as low as I usually like due to a variety of factors including the angle of the jetty rocks and the swell of the sea. Most importantly, however, is that I had to stay high enough to where I could see the turtles beneath the surface. It was the only way to anticipate when they may surface for a breath. We watched one particular turtle feed for what must have been 15-20 minutes without surfacing. When one did surface, it was only for a matter of seconds so my auto-focus and I had to be quick!

Though the green sea turtle is one of our more common sea turtle species, it is still at risk. They are threatened by a variety of factors including loss of nesting habitat, poaching of adults and eggs, climate change, and more.

Posted by Matt Buckingham on 2020-12-01 14:31:38

Tagged: , Nature , Nature Photography , Matt Buckingham , Canon , Canon Nature Photography , Wildlife , Wildlife Photography

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