BLUE-EYED FLATBACK

RUNNER-UP - Animal Portrait 

FLATBACK TURTLE

NATATOR DEPRESSUS

Much of the life history of Australia’s endemic flatback turtle remains a mystery. This blue-eyed baby turtle was reared and released with a group of satellite-tagged siblings by scientists from James Cook University, as part of a world-first study into the species’ migration and habitat use.

Whitsunday Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Nikon D7100, Tokina 10-17mm DX fisheye zoom, 1/250, f/10, ISO 100, 2 x Inon Z-240 strobes with diffusers, Nauticam NA-D7100, Nauticam 230mm optical glass dome

by Matt Curnock