brianskerry Photo by @BrianSkerry. 
A leatherback sea turtle crawls back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at Sandy Point, located on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Listed as vulnerable, this species of sea turtle has an ancestry that dates back more than 100 million years. Today they face a number of anthropogenic stresses - including entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and climate change - which affects the sex of turtle hatchlings. Sandy Point is a National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service who are responsible for protecting these nesting beaches. The combination of conservation efforts here and in the nearby Buck Island Reef National Monument have benefitted sea turtle species in this region.

I made this photo under moonlight at 2am, after weeks of working at night on these beaches. Being in this place with these ancient animals was like traveling back in time to a primordial Earth.

This picture won first place in the Reptiles and Amphibians Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition on October 17th in London.

Photographed for the February 2017 cover story in @natgeo about saving our oceans.

#WPY53 #conservation #climatechange #seaturtle #travelphoto #follow #travelphotography #photography #naturephotography #turtle #cute #longexposure #followme #natgeo #stcroix #usvi #caribbean #ocean #beach #turle #sea #climate #nightphoto #night

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Photo by @BrianSkerry. A leatherback sea turtle crawls back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at Sandy Point, located on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Listed as vulnerable, this species of sea turtle has an ancestry that dates back more than 100 million years. Today they face a number of anthropogenic stresses - including entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and climate change - which affects the sex of turtle hatchlings. Sandy Point is a National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service who are responsible for protecting these nesting beaches. The combination of conservation efforts here and in the nearby Buck Island Reef National Monument have benefitted sea turtle species in this region. I made this photo under moonlight at 2am, after weeks of working at night on these beaches. Being in this place with these ancient animals was like traveling back in time to a primordial Earth. This picture won first place in the Reptiles and Amphibians Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition on October 17th in London. Photographed for the February 2017 cover story in @natgeo about saving our oceans. #WPY53 #conservation #climatechange #seaturtle #travelphoto #follow #travelphotography #photography #naturephotography #turtle #cute #longexposure #followme #natgeo #stcroix #usvi #caribbean #ocean #beach #turle #sea #climate #nightphoto #night

Comments (179)

leftjohn

leftjohn, 5 months ago

Wow, fantastic picture and work, Brian! And well deserved recognition and prize ! πŸ’πŸ†πŸ’

darkopalbasil

darkopalbasil, 5 months ago

🌟

beingdominik

beingdominik, 5 months ago

amazing πŸ˜‰

world_adventure_society

world_adventure_society, 5 months ago

❀️❀️🐒🐒

angelbach_photography

angelbach_photography, 5 months ago

Wow amazing follow mine @angelbach_photography ❀️

martinazi_777

martinazi_777, 5 months ago

Cool

travelar_diary

travelar_diary, 5 months ago

I found my dream work here , wild life photographer

ixiv.photography

ixiv.photography, 5 months ago

Cool picture. I hope one day mines are that good lol

lotsdive

lotsdive, 5 months ago

Beauty πŸ’¦πŸ¬πŸ”±πŸ¬πŸ’¦

wventrup

wventrup, 5 months ago

WOW ❀️❀️

norge_fotogalleri

norge_fotogalleri, 5 months ago

Beautiful πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’πŸ”πŸ“Έ

mifratellifotografia

mifratellifotografia, 5 months ago

Olha essa foto @bellanogueiraoficial

alexodatophotography

alexodatophotography, 5 months ago

I used to live on St. Croix! There’s a lot of turtle poaching that goes on there done by the locals. The one thing their local government has done if anything is protect them by giving tickets and jail time to poachers. Such beautiful creatures.

the_labradors_lover

the_labradors_lover, 4 months ago

πŸ’–

brianskerry

brianskerry, 4 months ago

@nbgom Thank you!

brianskerry

brianskerry, 4 months ago

@leftjohn Thanks!

vinissbraga

vinissbraga, 4 months ago

@flavialaram

brianpuoti

brianpuoti, 2 months ago

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happy_beatle4

happy_beatle4, 22 days ago

Aren't they amazing! Kinda ugly/but cute.What a paradox.

aledomin6

aledomin6, 15 days ago

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