Green (turtle) on blue (sea)

Howdy turtle

A cruising Green Turtle at Daphne, a dive sight north of Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands. The ocean — particularly at this depth of about 20 meters — is really a green-blue place, devoid of a lot of other colors.

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In the Galapagos, Green turtles are cheap and easy

Tortugas verde

Before my diving in the Galapagos, I had only seen two sea turtles in more than 60 dives. For me they were a rare and beautiful sighting. After all there are only seven species and all of them are endangered.

But in the Galapagos, where charismatic megafauna are disinterested in divers and easy to spot, Green Turtles became almost an every-dive occurrence. Lots of them to go around (again, this is an isolated feature of the Galapagos Islands) and therefore my notion of them as extra-special sightings was dispelled.

These two come from my final day of diving off Daphne, an easy and celebrated dive spot north of Santa Cruz.

I won’t likely have as much luck when I head back to the Andamans for serious dive training in two weeks; so enjoy the turtle photos while they last.

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