15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Where to start. The shortened version of the story behind this image is this. Whilst living in Bimini I walked the beach daily to cover fresh turtle tracks from potential poachers. During one sunrise beach walk I discovered a half covered nest. A turtle had dug up anothers eggs and replaced them with her own. 5 premature, squashed babies with their yolk sacs attached were fighting for their lives. I quickly covered the tracks, rescued all 5 turtles showing signs of life and kept them for 5 days in the conditions a turtle expert had explained to me. Multiple specialists said the turtles would not last 24hrs, they not only survived 5 nights with me they walked down the very beach I rescued them on and swam out to sea towards the Gulf Stream just as they would have if they’d stayed in their eggs undisturbed. I titled this image Believe as he was the last turtle to be released. I kept him a day longer than the others as he lacked strength the night before. This image was taken during a ‘test’ walk in the day to gauge his reaction, it wasn’t good. However he was released that night and crawled and swam faster than any of the others! Sometimes we all just need to believe, despite what the facts say.
© Annie Guttridge.
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||Nov. 6, 2017, 5 p.m.