How to Take the Perfect Underwater Picture of a Sea Turtle
A Hawksbill turtle perches on the Dhonfan reef. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
Make no mistake, there is a right way and a wrong way to take a picture of a sea turtle underwater, or so my dive instructor, marine biologist Magali Boussion informed me before we descended 20 meters to the Dhonfan reef in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives.
Approach slowly. Shoot the turtle’s profile from the right and then swing around to shoot it from the left. If you make any sudden moves the turtle will dart away. It’s a myth that turtles are sluggish. They’re merely deliberate.
Oh hey, sea turtle. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
My stint as the underwater Annie Leibovitz was part of a program that tries to count and track the turtles of the Maldives. Boussion works as a marine biologist with Marine Savers at the Four Seasons resort on the island of Landaa Giraavaru. One of the many things the research teams there do is identify sea turtles in the wild in an effort to report how the endangered species is faring on the reefs around the archipelago. Both the Hawksbill and the Green turtles are inhabitants of the reef and both stand only a 1 in 10,000 chance of growing to adulthood.Watch: Diving With Sea Turtles
Marine Savers often enlists regular folks who probably dreamed of becoming marine biologists as kids, to help them count the turtles during turtle monitoring dives.