From my summer holidays in Zakynthos Island
The loggerhead turtle (Caretta-Caretta) used to be common throughout Mediterranean, but its nesting grounds have been diminished, due to shore development; today this graceful swimmer is considered an endangered species.
Zakynthos is one of the last -and the most important- nesting areas in the Mediterranean for the loggerhead turtle.
The male turtle never leaves the sea but in the early summer the female comes to the south-coast beaches of Gerakas, Sekania, Dafni, Kalamaki, Laganas and Marathonisi to lay its eggs in the sand.
The young are hatched by the sun's heat and after 55 days crawl into the sea.
We found this turtle, after almost one hour searching, in the area of Laganas. Really this is a lucky moment.
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leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-08-22 16:58
Long life for this turtle! It is a beautiful specimen. Good capture, wonderful sea.
Steft (5975) 2005-08-22 18:15
Oh wow, how cute! You were very lucky to spot this friendly little animal! Very nice blue colour of the water, nice light on the ripple of the water. Funny to see how it is swimming while the head is just above water level. The only thing I would have done different is cropping a bit closer.
d3s-irv1ne (0) 2005-08-22 19:40
The slight swell of the water above the turtle is a nice touch to include. Very nice photo!
PJE (20758) 2005-08-22 21:09
Wow nice color of water and turtle capture. I cannot get over how clear the water is. Nice work Ioannis.
maphoto (8082) 2005-08-22 22:22
Nice post of this turtle in beautiful blue (aqua) water. The aninal is well positioned in the picture, good work.
singuanti (15250) 2005-08-22 22:30
Hi John. Nice catch of this turtle. It looks pretty big. You have timed the shot perfectly to capture it with its head sticking out for a breath. Of course the blue water is the icing on the cake. Nice shot John!
quantabeh (5205) 2005-08-22 23:25
a nice shot after some of the scenery shots, focusing on a small beautiful detail of the nature. good notes to go with it.
Emile (20350) 2005-08-23 0:37
This is an excellent picture Ioannis.
The colours contrasts of the sea is just beautiful. the composition,lighting and sharpness is very good.
You got great datails on the turtle.
aloyho (6798) 2005-08-23 2:16
You must be indeed very lucky to be able to catch this turtle is such perfect position. I admire your handling of the water with such great varieties of tones and especially it's transparent qualities. The light penetrating the water is beautifully captured. Excellent shot!! Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (87444) 2005-08-23 4:28
Il y a une expression française qui dit "heureux comme dans un poisson dans l'eau", ici, l'on pourrait dire "heureuse comme une tortue dans l'eau".
Quelle chance de trouver cette tortue au nom savant bien compliqué.
Une photo très réussie (cadrage excellent), l'espace laissé devant est parfait.
Very well done, John.
Xalkida (11744) 2005-08-23 6:43
Πραγματικά ήσουν αρκετά τυχερός γιατί απ' όσο γνωρίζω, εκτός από σπάνιες είναι και δύσκολο να τις βρεις.
Τεχνικά η φωτό σου είναι πολλή όμορφη με ζωντανά χρώματα, καλό φωτισμό και πολλές λεπτομέρειες!
(Ζηλεύω! Θέλω κι εγώ να κάνω μπάνιο εκεί!)
apache (1426) 2005-08-23 7:43
A cool closeup of the turtle. I guess it must have been very difficult to get a clear shot of him considering the fact that turtles can swim very well. Good and sharp
Thanks for sharing
lukie (0) 2005-08-23 9:06
Nice, clear, good-coloured and sharp image, Ioannis !
weswang (18223) 2005-08-23 10:54
Hi John, A nice catch of the funny looking creature. I like the view of the turtle in the clear water, which makes a very clear view of the turtle paddle its way out. A well taken picture with rich texture and nice clarity.
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-08-23 11:59
What a nice find fom your holidays!Good placement of the turtle in the frame.I like the colors in this crisp and clear image.Good and informative note.
huynt (5079) 2005-08-23 20:29
Bravo Nice capture. Well composition. Best regards
bazal (7900) 2005-08-24 4:34
How lucky you are to have observed this superb turtle in its natural element. I went to Zakynthos, several years ago, but I did not have time to search seriouly for them, so it's a little regret for me !
Your composition is nice and the turtle is sharp and well exposed. Thanks very much for sharing !
betogrein (2232) 2005-08-24 9:40
Que bela captura consegui aqui, linda foto, pensar que algumas espécies estão em estinção. Da até uma tristeza. Parabéns...
Abraços e obrigado pela visita...
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-08-24 10:33
very nice work, I like the turtle shot in its nature, very good work, really good work indeed, well done
Maritsa (358) 2005-08-24 19:50
Καταπληκτική φωτογραφία Γιάννη!
Η θάλασσα είναι φοβερή σε χρώμα και καθαρότητα (όπως σε όλο το Ιόνιο εξάλλου). Η χελώνα υπέροχα δωσμένη με καταπληκτικές λεπτομέρειες. Μπράβο!
Didi (57736) 2005-08-25 13:58
Une composition simple, mais parfaitement cadrée.
Je suis parfaitement le mouvement de cette tortue de mer.
Une image très insolite.
A simple, but perfectly tallied composition. I follow perfectly the movement of this sea turtle. A very rare catch.
john_c (24662) 2005-08-25 17:53
An outstanding composition. The turtle is superbly placed in the frame and all the fascinating details are seen clearly. The exquisite water colour enhances, as do the shadows in the water. A most successful capture, John. Great work.
Intruder (3099) 2005-08-27 3:30
poli omorfi i kinisi tis xelonas, kai pedakathara ta nera tis Zakinthou, sinxaritiria Gianni
caliane (610) 2005-09-10 16:30
This is a greta photo! the sea water has a beautiful colors, and the turtle is nice.
Here in Brazil we have the same problem, because of the increase of the urban areas along the shore the nesting grounds for the turtles have been dimininshing, but there is an entity here that cares much about saving the turtles, they have an wonderful work here. That's quite interesting to know about it in Greece.
Leonie (8809) 2005-09-22 4:20
Yes...lucky magic moment! I love these turtles! I have seen some around the Eolian islands near Sicily myself! So wonderful..where you see turtles you get at least the impression that the sea is really clean. Great capture! Thanks, Léonie
sixTL (8596) 2005-10-08 16:36
Hi John, Very nice image. Very beautiful Caretta-Caretta. Congratulations. regards Artur
balafi (0) 2005-10-27 6:49
salda (37) 2006-05-08 8:50
you were really lucky to found one..we tried while we were there..but no luck!
very intense photo like the contradiction btn turtle & bluish water!!! well done
clio (27961) 2007-09-25 14:19
Geia sou Yanni
If, one day, I manage to meet a caretta caretta, I believe that it will be the most beautiful souvenir of my life. How lucky you are! Thank you to make us participate at this big moment in this turquoise blue water. (I looked for it to Kefalonia and in Sicily, but I had no your luck! A day maybe...
- Copyright: Ioannis Bahatouris (jjbach) (9324)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-07-27
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC - FZ5
- Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Holidays in Zakynthos (Summer 2005)
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-22 15:58
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