So often….

So often it’s hard to put into words why Danielle and I scuba dive. We usually get a sentence or two into our explanations and peoples’ eyes begin to glaze over. It’s one of those things that you don’t really ‘get’ unless you try it. Prior to this last trip I bought two pairs of Liquid Image video recording dive masks. These are similar to the scuba masks that we usually use, but they have integrated cameras that will take photos and record videos under water.

The video below is the full encounter I had with a great sea turtle in Grace Bay off the shore of Turks and Caicos. The feeling of coming upon one of these animals in the ocean is something that is hard to find the words to make good you understand, right? Suffice it to say that coming across one of these beautiful, beautiful creatures in its own habitat is a wonderful and exhilarating feeling.

Please note that no animals were harmed while shooting this video. What you’ll see is me coming up on the turtle, touching it, following it, attempting to guide it back to the rest of our dive group, and then ultimately hitching a ride while I cruise along underwater via turtle-power. When you only see the turtle’s head in the shot, I’m gently gripping the sides of the shell.

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  1. Very cool, Gary! Why does the turtle’s shell have so much red in it? I’ve never seen that before.

    • wardfare said:

      This video was shot with a lens that filters out the blue from the color spectrum (otherwise the entire video wouldn’t be as vivid.) The red in this case is an artifact of sorts. Likely the color is actually white which the lens interprets as red. There was no actual red color on the turtle.

  2. What an amazing video! This was much more beautiful than what I saw in Monterey Bay, CA where I just got certified. I hope Cairns is as pretty as Grace Bay. Would love to find a sea turtle!

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