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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Loggerhead Turtle Release


First Place - Connecting People with Nature - Professional, National Wildlife Awards


Juno Beach, Florida, USA

by Michael P. O’Neill

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

“Listed as a threatened species, loggerhead turtles are in decline due to incidental capture in fishing gear, among other reasons. But various conservation efforts are underway to increase their numbers including rehabilitating injured animals. Here, a crowd gathered on the beach to watch as volunteers release a rehabilitated loggerhead turtle to return to the wild. I waited in the surf to catch that magic moment.”

Nikon N90; 16mm fisheye lens; Fujichrome Velvia 50; underwater housing; two strobes.

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