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Turtle-Back Ride

The thing that draws me to the ocean the most is that I literally never know what I’m going to come across on any given day. I count myself extremely fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to capture this image.

A friend of mine and myself were out free diving and I asked him to find me a tako (octopus) so I could capture an image I had in mind in the clear blue waters that day. There was a particular shot I was going for and, for the most part, I got it. When I was done taking photos, we went to take the tako back to his home down on the reef below, but as we were diving down, the tako got loose and swam directly over to this nearby honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) that was going up to take a breathe at the surface. What we saw next was absolutely unique, shocking and beautiful.

The tako decided to take a quick ride on the shell of this beautiful honu! There were only about 10 seconds in which I had to capture this, and I was lucky enough to get a clean shot. Never have I experienced or seen anything like this in the water or in another photograph. This one will go down as one of the most unique shots I’ve ever captured, and I’ll remember it forever. The turtle didn’t seem like it ever knew it had a passenger, and after the 10-second ride, the tako continued swimming back to its home in the reef.

TAGS: Hawaii, Octopus

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2016
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2016, 10:42 p.m.
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PHOTO LOCATION Makaha, Hawaii, United States of America