WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?

MARY RIVER TURTLE, ELUSOR MACRURUS

STATUS: ENDANGERED

Freshwater turtles are a much neglected part of Australia’s incredible fauna, mainly because they live an aquatic lifestyle and are rarely encountered. Most of their habitats are unsuitable for in situ underwater photography – they are either not clear enough or home to creatures posing a danger to humans like crocodiles.

Fully aqua-scaped 1500 litre aquarium, Lower Beechmont, Queensland

Nikon D 80, Nikkor 24/120 at 120mm, 1/1000 sec (flash), f/16, ISO 100, 6 small slave studio flashes mounted above the tank at full out-put, master flash Nikon SB 24 mounted at 45° above the camera at front. 1/4 out-put. All manual, UV filter, handheld

by Gunther Schmida, Queensland