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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

It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    What a life! Love that nice clean water — it looks just like our pool water. That is a beautiful turtle!

  • Aunt Dot, aren’t sea turtles lovely? They have the saddest eyes for such a beautiful creature. I could watch them for hours. Thanks for stopping by. You’re a sweetie!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderover 4 years ago

    Nice shot and great color.. Good to hear they set aside beach area for these guys..=D

  • Yes, Midway has more beach space dedicated to the wild creatures than to the few humans that work and do research there. Thank you for your very kind words. Hope the turtles can make a good comeback in their population numbers. All the best, Gina

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 4 years ago

    Soooo Beautiful

  • Gail, thank you very much! Good hearing from you!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • arteology
    arteologyover 4 years ago

    sea turtles are our friends, what a special amazing creature, im actually working on a painting of one and should have it done in about a months time, thank you for visiting my gallery today, all the best for you, gallo

  • Gallo, good to hear from you, as always! Thank you for your comments…I like your new art including the whale creation. :-))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful color and shot Gina! take care, Linda

  • Thank you, Linda! Hugs!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 4 years ago

    Just an amazing capture. You are so lucky to be able to see such wonderful creatures.

  • Thank you so much. It is always a privilege to be in the company of wildlife from the smallest to the greatest of creatures. All the best!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 4 years ago

    Wow, wonderful shot!

  • Jacqueline, thank you VERY much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture! Love it. Instant fave.

  • Thank you! Glad you liked this big old turtle. I appreciate the Favorite, too!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Great photo of the turtle! Excellent slide show with beautiful music. I really , really enjoyed it!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to view the slideshow; it is my hope to spread the word about what a treasure Midway Atoll is. You brought a big smile to my face today!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 4 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • Ryan, thank you very, very much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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