Sunday, 29 December 2013

Turtle-Christmas-day in les Saintes, Guadeloupe

hawksbill turtle in les Saintes


Underwater on the 25th of December one big and friendly hawksbill turtle decided to spend some 20 minutes with us. What a pleasure!!!!! After the turtle took some air from the surface she followed us and we could observe her closely while Claire, our amazing dive instructor and close turtle-friend, was giving her instructions on how to avoid the fishermen nets and to take care of her. A lot of turtles in the Caribbean sea find their death because of increased fishing activities. More than 60% of the turtles in les Saintes disappeared/ died in the last 3-4 years.
 


13 comments:

Rosemary said...

Dear Jana - What a special sighting to see on Christmas day.

Lies said...

Wat een aparte Kerst, Jana !
Lie(f)s.
@Een gezond, liefdevol 2014 !

Barb said...

Hi Jana, You dived and I skied in Christmas Day. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting a turtle friend though! Happy 2014.

Red Nomad OZ said...

What an amazing experience! I have only seen large turtles a few times in Australia, but I've NEVER swum with them!! Happy New Year!!

Saucy Kodz said...

You made my heart feel warm this morning Jana. I just adore these photos, especially the handshake or whatever they would call it in turtle language. You were under water on Christmas day and we were under several inches of ice and snow. I think the total accumulation since last Friday would be around 30 or a bit more, seeing as we got another 8 inches of snow last night. It certainly is a winter wonderland here today - again. A young friend of mine did a video of our ice storm which is on my post - I hope you will look at it, for you will see just what he captured and this is really how it is here. Mother Nature can be most captivating and destructive. I have not put any photos of the trees that fell on houses and cars - anyone that saw the news saw that. Instead I searched for the beauty. You bring great beauty to my desktop my dear. I am so fortunate to see life in your adventures and I truly thank you for that. Have a wonderful New Year, you and your family. Lilly

Dietmut said...

Jana, wat leuke foto's weer. Ik wens je een fijne jaarwisseling en een voorspoedig 2014. Lieve groet, Dietmut

kulasa zen said...

Wow! What a Christmas treat that is! Looks so friendly indeed! and huge enough for a hug ;) I pray turtles would not get caught in fish nets and die unnaturally :)

Happy New Year Jana! ♡

papillon said...

Hallo Jana,

wundervolle Aufnahmen von diesen so schönen Tieren. C. liebt sie ganz besonders.
LG
C+J

EriKa Napoletano said...

Happy New Year!!!!

EriKa Napoletano said...

Happy New Year!!!!

Anonymous said...

TONY BG - GREAT PHOTOS !!!!

Filip and Kristel said...

Your first turtle picture is amazing. Probably the best underwater picture I have seen on your blog.

Greetings,
Filip

Koryn said...

Oh, your moment with that turtle is just majestic! I've swam with turtles before but they're usually swimming fast away from me! You're lucky :) It's like the two of you are having a conversation. And very clear waters too.