For #WorldSeaTurtleDay I wanted to share a photo I coincidentally just finally got 2 nights ago. I've photographed numerous Loggerheads and Leatherbacks over the last several years, but the last species on our Jupiter beaches that still eluded me was the Green Sea Turtle. Even though they are significantly more common than Leatherbacks, they have a frustrating habit of false crawling (coming up on the beach and turning back around without nesting) and are by far the most likely to get spooked than the other species, making photographing them particularly challenging. After multiple failed attempts this season with no Greens, I finally got an unbeatable opportunity when I came across one of their distinctly unique tracks and followed it up the beach. In typical Green Sea Turtle behavior, it took her nearly an hour to finally choose and excavate her nest site.
The circumstances for the photo ultimately couldn’t have been better between her choice of nest location, the orientation she settled into, and the brief period of unobscured moonlight necessary for illumination. For those that are unfamiliar with long exposure photography, this type of photo is achieved by leaving the camera shutter open for several continuous seconds while fixed on a tripod and requires that the turtle not take a breath, or move in any other way, during the exposure or else there will be motion blur. This girl did great and held perfectly still for several different shots, the one below likely being my favorite. Hope you all enjoy the end result! 🐢 Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) — Taken at 2:30am, #MOONLIGHT ONLY 🌝
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