A green sea turtle floats in crystal clear turquoise lagoon water at Midway Atoll. The cargo pier is a fine spot to watch the turtles glide through the water. Often resting on pilings and supports underneath the cargo pier, green turtles are frequently seen cruising around the pier.
They also tend to haul out on nearby Turtle Beach along with monk seals. One day I counted 22 sea turtles basking on the beach with another turtle headed in toward land from the lagoon. Fully 70% of all Sand Island’s beaches are off limits to humans so the turtles use these beaches as a safe haven to rest.
A video tribute to Midway Atoll and its wildlife by Gina Ruttle.
Still photography by Gina and Mark Ruttle.
Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Canon 7D, Canon 100-400mm lens, polarizer, handheld, shutter 1/400, f/6.3, exposure bias + 1.0, focal length 375, ISO 400
May 8, 2010