The Start of a Long Journey

juvenile hawksbill turtle

A juvenile hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) pauses in a contemplative pose before taking the plunge into the ocean at the start of its long journey forward in life.

It has completed the first stage, which is to crawl down the beach exposed to predators, such as sea birds and statistically it has increased its odds of survival to adulthood, which can be as low as one in one thousand.

Once heavily exploited for its shell which was used for ornamental purposes, they now enjoy heavy protection worldwide and the species is starting to rebound, a success for all those involved in its conservation.

Image taken by Hannah Jane using a Nikon D7000 with AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm lens at ƒ/6.3, 105.0 mm, 1/640, ISO 200