I’ve been back from Baja for about a week now and have been slammed with shoots, print requests and the everything else that kept moving right along while I was shooting in the Pacific. I have learned over the years to hold on to precious images until the timing is right… until the editing is just right, and the accompanying text is “just right.”
The gasp of a loggerhead sea turtle fighting for the surface…
But thanks to my amazing wife Christine, I have also learned that I am a perfectionist… and sometimes the timing is never ideal. With that said… everyone keeps asking to see some of the images from Mexico. I wanted to hold off because there’s an important story here that even I didn’t fully comprehend until I was there… seeing the effort, the waste, smelling the smells and witnessing the hope of some incredibly dedicated researchers.
After wrestling the turtle aboard, it is weighed.
Turtle skull on shell… and sadly there’s hundreds more in every direction.
With the important disclaimer that there IS an amazing story and many more interesting images “in the vault” that will be released as soon as I come up for air, I offer up a little taste of what’s to come. Stay tuned. And to Hoyt and the team down in Baja… thank you for the opportunity… more is on the way.
Hauling the remains off the beach.
Another stranded turtle is discovered.
Note: wild sea turtles are not happy when caught, and despite the tranquility of this scene… that turtle was mad, and has it’s mouth open to defend itself against foolish photographers who dare come too close.
Once caught, scientists weigh, tag, measure and take blood samples.
About to be released…
The turtle cemetery. The Mexican government didn’t quite believe researchers when shown evidence that turtles were being killed at such an incredibly high rate. Mass graves are used to document the numbers of turtles killed. All these turtles died during my one week visit.
Who says biologists can’t tear it up?
Shark fins drying at a subsistence fishing village.
Those wonderful Mexican smiles…
After 12 hours out on the boat… the fishermen clean their catch for 4 more hours. Everyday. (everyday).
“Rodeo” is the act of cruising in a boat at 10 knots until a turtle is spotted, and then jumped on before being wrestled onto the boat for study. Here’s Hoyt showing All Star Rodeo form.
The Mexican Press Pool… covering the Governor’s crowning of the Turtle Beauty Queen. Had to take it!