Photo: Quick Breath

Quick Breath

Early evening, a group of six or so green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) were grazing on the algae covered rocks in a small cove next to the place we were staying. The surf was a little rough, but that didn't discourage them from getting right up next to the most shallow rock outcrops. Apparently, having armor pays off since the best clumps of algae grow on the lava rocks near the surface, where there's the most light. At one point this particular turtle was pushed on top of the rocks by the waves, but it recovered easily enough and kept grazing in the same spot. It was interesting and fun behavior to watch.

Technical Details Aperture Value: f/5.6 Focal Length: 300mm Exposure Program: Aperture Priority ISO: 400 Shutter Speed Value: 1/1000 sec Location: Maui, Hawaii