I've always had a thing for Sea Turtles.
I suspect that if you were to ask most scuba divers or snorkelers, they would share my affection...and why wouldn't they? Turtles are amazing to watch underwater: They're graceful, playful, and depending on the individual, are often willing to let you approach and swim alongside them. This interaction can really be a treat and hopefully they'll stick around for a while. Sadly, their numbers are decreasing, the result of habitat destruction (nesting grounds in particular,) boat propellers, and the consumption of both their meat and eggs.
Sea Turtles are air-breathing reptiles and there are 7 species left: Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Flatback, Loggerhead, Kemp Ridley and Olive Ridley. The Green Sea Turtle, which I have by far taken the most images of can grow to reach lengths of 5 feet and live as long as 80 years. They've been around for a long time, sharing space with the dinosaurs 150 million years ago.
In Hawaii, the Green Sea Turtle is called Honu, and is locally viewed as a symbol of good luck. I can't disagree with this assessment: It was nearly 25 years ago that I photographed my first Green Sea Turtle off the shores of Oahu. I was a terribly inexperienced photographer shooting with a borrowed Nikonos film camera. Nonetheless, I captured the first image I ever sold (the silhouette, lower right above) which would springboard me towards a long career shooting animals under the water.
I've decided to run a small promotion, good on turtle images only. Visit my online art store or simply choose the SHOP ART link at the top of this page. Use the discount code "turtle" at checkout and receive 25% off any turtle image on fine art paper, canvas or metal through October 7, 2016.
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