You mean it was disturbed by flash? It doesn't moves at all - i think it just sleeps and never awake even after series of shots Usually, they don't afraid of divers - so few predators hunting them. Turtles gets panic when someone catch them, and even can get sink. We are aware of species in danger - once even stay hungry till lunch - for breakfast were turtle eggs
Yes, I thought so because it looks like it's trying to close it's eyes to shield her eyes against the unnatural bright light flashes. You wouldn't flash your pet or a friend in the eyes from a near distance if their eyes were open, no matter if they sleep or are awake. And I also think the turtle would look nicer in the photo if it would not be so bright white from the hard flash reflection .
Oh my, turtle eggs for breakfast, what an ironic thing to serve for people who want to see slow reproducing underwater animals alive in the sea. Good you told them that serving them is not what their customers want by not eating them.
You are absolutely right, just exaggerate a bit. Eyes was semiclosed all the time - it just sleeps and didn't care about photographer. Disturbed animal always tries to run away - you're never make a portrait of such animal - maybe just if you keep it in hands Unfortunately, it's absolutely impossible to shot without flash underwater. "bright white" - it's natural tone, never overexposed. Just check: [link] [link] So, underwater photographers has close to zero negative influence on turtles and other marine species. Turtles suffocating in plastic bags, tangled in nets, their egg-laying looted - it is on such a scale, soon only photos remains
I am glad you care about them and know your facts . I have indeed not taken underwater shots myself so I do not know about the necessity of flash there. I was just concerned about that turtle living in that region where people are brought to dive and take photos, and that it gets flashed any other day of her life several times a day. Again exaggerated, but still somehow the same mechanism, the amount of pollution in the sea just depends on the same thing, because one person alone does not cause much trouble with it's waste in the sea, but if you accumulate all the plastic, toxins and nets people throw away careless day after days it causes problems. - I'm not pointing at you, but in general when there are a lot of people who want to see nature they lead to accumulation of destruction just exactly there. Fuels in the water to bring tourists out to the sea, a plastic lunch bag flying away with the wind, hotels at the beach to accommodate customers where once maybe turtles laid their eggs, enhanced fishing to serve all the guests, and such things. - Sometimes it's really hard to not leave any damage when we want to see some nature if we think of all the little pieces :/
Let me to not completely agree with you. I live here for some years and this is my investigations: Local people, had nothing to do, as just grab the sea, gets jobs in tourist industry - they don't need any more to fishing just to feed theirs families. Diving centers encourage local authorities to protect valuable marine areas. They even make an effort to restore the populations of species. Raise a big fuss and complain to the authorities in each case seen poaching. They don't just try to protect theirs businesses - usually these people are infinitely loving the sea and its inhabitants. Even throw a cigarette butt overboard the diver's boat is considered bad form. Actually there are two alternatives - either subjected to uncontrolled barbarian looted (you heard of dynamite fishing?) or to get protection, including the purpose of tourism. In confirmation of my words, just story of Sipadan Island where were photographed all these turtles: 1. Fishing prohibited. 2. All resorts on Sipadan have been closed in order to preserve the island in a pristine state. 3. Authority imposed a restriction of 120 visitors per day to the island.
That's great they do it like that there . I just mean in general that one really needs to think about where one is going, and what one is doing there, and what one might support through doing so when searching for an adventure or vacation.
In general... In general, it is not necessary to go to the other end of the world and drop under the water. You can go to a Christmas sale. Like these people do: [link] And buy something modern - another mobile gadget, for example. And you become complicit in the extermination of gorillas: [link] And the destruction of one of the most amazing landscapes on Earth: [link]
As i mention in description, it's a collage. Actually 5 shots, different cameras, time and places Canon A95, Fujifilm F30, Canon 400D + EF-S 60 mm macro/ EF-S 10-22 + SpeedLite 430 + ewa-marine soft underwater case.