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Turtle Bite

Turtle Bite

Story behind the shot

During a dive in the Galapagos, I approached this Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) who was having lunch on the reef, and he didn’t seem to mind being photographed so I moved in a bit closer. Then to my surprise, he swam right up to me, opened his mouth, and actually touched the dome port on my camera housing. Definitely the first and only time I’ve had that happen before. In hindsight, he was probably looking at his own reflection in the glass, maybe thinking it was another turtle.

Although the turtle’s face is out of focus (because he was too close to focus on), this photo has won several awards.

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