Image: Eureka Prize: Lord Howe Island Green Turtle Release

Eureka Prize: Lord Howe Island Green Turtle Release

For promotion of New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography only.

Photographer:
James Woodford
Rights:
© James Woodford

Notes

This photograph shows the moment of release of a juvenile green turtle into the waters off Lord Howe Island, by marine park ranger, Sallyann Gudge. The photo was taken in the open ocean 1.5 nautical miles offshore. The image accompanied a story about green turtle population changes and the science of releasing rehabilitated turtles. The turtle in the picture was one of three that had gone astray and was found near death. The three young reptiles had been rehabilitated in Sydney then flown to the island for release. No special effects or staging was involved in this photo.

 

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