Leatherback hatchling’s last stand

THREATENED SPECIES – Runner-up

This ocean-bound Leatherback Turtle hatchling is one of thousands saved by a local conservation program run by Tetepare Island’s descendants. Former turtle hunters are now champions for the Leatherbacks, dedicating days and nights throughout the breeding season to help rescue the species from the brink of extinction.

Baniata, Rendova Island near Tetepare, Western Province, Solomon Islands

Nikon D200, AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens, 1/40, f4.5, ISO 400

by Anthony Plummer, Victoria