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One of my privatemost shots.
This closeup of a turtle was taken at about 30m (90ft) depth.
She was feeding of the soft-coral you can see in the back.
As I was slowly coming closer she didn't feel annoyed at all, so
I ended up right next to it. After I took a whole bunch of photos I started softly scrubbing the algae of its shell as she was compeltely covered with it. She must have been quite old.
You could tell she liked it and so, after a while, I started gently stroking her neck and head - and she fell asleep! One of those magic moments.
I spent 20 minutes with her, just me and a turtle at the bottom of the sea. Then I ran out of air and had to return to the surface.

Other photos from that trip:

To be seen in my underwater gallery [link]


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Canon EOS 20D
Shutter Speed
1/40 second
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 20, 2005, 3:09:05 PM
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BlueKudzu's avatar
I love the story behind this one :)
Zyklotrop's avatar
Great memories. It's been allmost 4 years but I still dream of her every now and then. Thank for the :+fav:
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