Mating green sea turtles on the surface of the Indian Ocean. While out looking for blue whales, the group boat I was on had to return prematurely due to a sick passenger. Thinking on my feet, knowing I had only this last opportunity on the assignment to capture images of sea life, I negotiated with the crew to arrange to send out a small motor boat to meet us on the way back so I could jump into it mid ocean and stay at sea. This worked out well but on return to the sighting location for the whales there were none to be seen and it was extremely hot and exposed on the boat. We bobbed around for many hours just me and the boat driver when suddenly I noticed something on the surface. Approaching slowly closer to investigate, I was amazed to see two turtles in an embrace. However, I had to figure out how to get a decent photo that would also allow me to test one of the key features of the lens. I decided the only way was to lean over the side of the boat and get as low as possible trying not to fall in. I was elated with the results and we left soon after but not before sadly finding a lot of plastic rubbish in the water close to where we had found the turtles. We spent some time trying to retrieve what we could before heading back to shore but it was also worrying that the boat driver didn’t understand the importance of cleaning up the ocean. Education is key to conservation efforts especially in less developed countries.
Edition of 15
Nikon D500 + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL
1/1000, f/4, ISO 400
5568 x 3712
Joseph Anthony is a multiple award winning photographer and filmmaker, wildlife camera operator and photojournalist as well as being a lens Ambassador for Nikon. A retired airline pilot before becoming a professional photographer, he also flies drones commercially and his work has taken him all over the globe. Published and exhibited worldwide with clients such as National Geographic, Nikon and WWF, he is particularly interested in telling stories about wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. Aside from being a face of Nikon, he is most well known for his work with big cats, being in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the historic 2018 eruption in Hawai’i which he documented intensively for 3 months and includes an award winning film about it with global newspaper and magazine coverage and for his other award winning film about elephants for WWF. He wants to inspire an appreciation for the beauty of our planet, help draw attention to its fragility, not just because of a love of nature but also for the survival of our own species.
Off the south coast of Sri Lanka
Green sea turtle
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