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Back to the sea
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-15
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 7D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-14 1:58
Viewed: 3032
Points: 20
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Hawksbill Turtle going back to Sea after egg-laying on Cousin Island

from natureseychelles.org

The largest hawksbill turtle (Erechmotelys imbricata) population remaining in the Western Indian Ocean occurs in Seychelles, where an estimated 1,230-1,740 females nested annually in the early 1980s. Since then, however, populations have declined due to widespread harvesting of nesting females during the 30 years prior to 1994, when a total legal ban on turtle harvest was implemented. An exception to the downward trend is the population at Cousin Island Special Reserve, managed by Nature Seychelles.

Turtle monitoring has been in operation on Cousin since 1972. Cousin has therefore the longest running monitoring program for hawksbill turtles in the world, and results are compatible with wider national turtle initiatives (under the initial guidance of, and data analysis by, Jeanne Mortimer). Up to 120 hawksbill turtles nest annually on Cousin Island. Numbers have increased over the last 20 years against a backdrop of historical population decline in Seychelles and Western Indian Ocean.

Recent studies including one on the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has shown that only Cousin has little or no poaching compared to other MPAs . The success of Cousin in controlling poaching is due in part to its small size, but also to the local managementís unique relationship with local communities and fishers, and both direct and indirect economic benefits to the local economy through eco-tourism.

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Good one Tom. Slightly over exposed though. Look what we have common today, 'Tortoise'. TFS, Neigbour..... Nitin

nice picture of this Hawksbill Turtle from a good angle with nice colour and sharpness.
thank you Tom for this nice picture.
best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-14 6:12]

Good image of this beautiful Turtle, looks too tired. tfs.

Hello Tom,
Excellent capture and very appropriate title,fine sharp details of the subject is remarkable.
Best regards,

Ciao Tom.
Ottimo scatto di questo esemplare di tartaruga marina eccellente nitidezza con buoni dettagli belli i colori.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hi Tom
Good presentation of this Hawksbill Turtle. Great photo from a good POV. Good clarity and colour. Good Note.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

What a beautiful creature. Great timing, great POV and focus. Congratulations Tom.
Well done.

  • kinglove Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 783 W: 0 N: 623] (11338)
  • [2013-02-14 17:31]


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-15 1:23]

Hi Tom
this tur.tle is becoming less and less in my country.
I like the view and the details you provided. But there is a bit of sadness upon thinking about it.
nice sharing.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-02-15 13:13]

Beautiful scene, Tom!
This mother turtle looks like she is bearing the weight of the world on her shell.
No doubt had an exhausting night digging a hole and laying all her eggs.
Great low POV against a clean and natural BG.
TFS. : )

Hello Peter

Great close-up photo of this turtle, fine POV,
beautiful background with the sea, great focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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