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 (176)

reneeisroaming

reneeisroaming, 2 months ago

Just saw found out you went to college at Worcester State. I go to Holy Cross and loved finding the little connection. If you come back to visit please let me know I would love to meet you!

anneddle_homestead

anneddle_homestead, 2 months ago

THE most beautiful picture I have ever seen πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

momentswitme

momentswitme, 2 months ago

Beautiful... nature❀❀❀

leftjohn

leftjohn, 2 months ago

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

darkopalbasil

darkopalbasil, 2 months ago

🌟

beingdominik

beingdominik, 2 months ago

amazing πŸ˜‰

world_adventure_society

world_adventure_society, 2 months ago

❀️❀️🐒🐒

angelbach_photography

angelbach_photography, 2 months ago

Wow amazing follow mine @angelbach_photography ❀️

martinazi_777

martinazi_777, 2 months ago

Cool

phearun_yin

phearun_yin, 2 months ago

I found my dream work here , wild life photographer

ixiv.photography

ixiv.photography, 2 months ago

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

lotsdive

lotsdive, 2 months ago

Beauty πŸ’¦πŸ¬πŸ”±πŸ¬πŸ’¦

wventrup

wventrup, 2 months ago

WOW ❀️❀️

f_t_g_r_f_n_o_r_w_a_y_

f_t_g_r_f_n_o_r_w_a_y_, 2 months ago

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

mifratellifotografia

mifratellifotografia, 2 months ago

Olha essa foto @bellanogueiraoficial

alexodatophotography

alexodatophotography, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

πŸ’–

brianskerry

brianskerry, 28 days ago

@nbgom Thank you!

brianskerry

brianskerry, 28 days ago

@leftjohn Thanks!

vinissbraga

vinissbraga, 21 days ago

@flavialaram