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In Over Their Heads
Photograph by Tim Laman

A green turtle rests on the sandy floor before a wave of silent undersea traffic. Yet life for Philippine sea turtles is far from tranquil. Often drowned in fishing nets or hunted for food, turtle populations also face significant threats on land. Natural predators like seabirds eat hatchlings leaving their nests, and poachers scour the beaches every year for buried turtle eggs.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100, Sea & Sea Underwater Housing
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100F
Lens: Nikon 17-35 mm
Speed and F-Stop: Approx. 1/60 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Mid afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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