I was lucky enough to spend nearly an hour swimming alongside this juvenille green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on the fringing reef at Lady Elliott Island in the Southern part of the Great Barrier Reef. Lady Elliott is a beautiful island that is home to a wide variety of marine life and seabirds. Best of all the resort is reasonably priced fairly basic accommodation unlike most of the rest of the island resorts in the GBR.

If you get the chance then Lady Elliott is well worth the trip. During my week long visit I would have seen more than >10 green turtles, hatchlings on the beach, sharks, rays, gourpers and a myriad of other reef fish. The coral reef on the other side of the island is spactacular with huge plate (Acropora sp.) corals everywhere.

It is truly magic.


  • James Godber
    James Godberover 6 years ago

    That’s a very cool shot!! :-)

  • Thanks James :)

    – gardenofbeeden

  • bchrisdesigns
    bchrisdesignsover 6 years ago

    This is an amazing shot and angle!!!!

  • Thanks :)

    – gardenofbeeden

  • Stephen Colquitt
    Stephen Colquittover 6 years ago

    You have to be happy with this. Bravo on this awesome under over – its such a hard thing to do!

  • Matt Gibbs
    Matt Gibbsover 6 years ago

    Unbelievable shot, well done!

  • Paul Louis Villani
    Paul Louis Vil...over 6 years ago

    Absolutely Stunning! :D

  • Miri
    Miriover 6 years ago

    amazing shot! & love the movement in it!
    Lady Elliott sounds good, have wondered about going there for some nearby diving!

  • Thanks Miri :)

    – gardenofbeeden

  • titoune
    titouneover 6 years ago

    Wow, great one, I love it. Somehow when I look at this picture I am imaging the turtle surfing on a wave. A bit like in the movie Nemo…
    Un grand BRAVO!

  • MattTworkowski
    MattTworkowskiover 6 years ago

    This is a stunning pic,very well done

  • Cheers Matt

    – gardenofbeeden

  • skyhorse
    skyhorseover 6 years ago

    Wow, this is great – wonderful capture. I might have to pay a visit based on your info, looking for another holiday destination for next year :-D After 21 years in OZ, should probably see Barrier Reef area

  • Holly Kempe
    Holly Kempeover 6 years ago

    This is so wonderful! Very unique! Love it!

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