Story behind the photograph
On our diving adventure at the Great Barrier Reef, no other animal was more anticipated on each dive than the green sea turtle. We were not disappointed. Out of the 11 dives, we saw turtles on 4 occasions. They were mostly young green turtles. However, on our second night dive we came across an ancient, over 100-years old specimen. It was huge, gentle, and majestic.
It may not be immediately apparent but turtles are subject to close scientific scrutiny as their well-being, numbers, reproduction, and survival rates are very indicative of the reef’s health. Recent scientific findings flagging an alarming decline in turtle hatchlings are really worrying.