HAWKSBILL TURTLES + ANGELS = REEF HEAVEN
Hawksbills on their own, nosing around the colourful coral reefs of the Bahamas, are a beautiful sight. I don’t want to overdo the religious tendency of the title, but they are indeed wonderful to behold. Add FRENCH ANGELFISH and a QUEEN ANGELFISH and it’s as close to perfection as a reef scene gets. Click on the links above for more pictures and details about the two angelfish species seen here with the turtle. As ever, Melinda Riger was ready with her camera to capture these great images.
This astonishing photo was of course achieved by carefully balancing a GoPro on the turtle’s back, wrapping duct tape around it, and pressing ‘go’ (camera and turtle simultaneously). **
** This is not true. It’s just a cleverly shot turtle’s-eye view as it forages on the reef
This short video shot by Melinda’s husband Fred of a turtle ‘loving’ the camera is one of those wildlife events that cannot be predicted… but when it happens, it’s frankly a bit of a scoop.
OPTIONAL MUSICAL DIGRESSION
As I was writing this, an earworm started up and grew insidiously in both ears and then inside my head… the dread words “Elenore, gee I think you’re swell”. Followed by “so happy together…”. And then “she’d rather be with me…” Yes, I’ve now got TURTLES in my head, the (?long-and-hitherto-forgotten) band from the second half of the 60’s, with their cheery anodyne soppy-poppy love songs. And dammit, they’ve stuck… Here’s a reminder for those whose memory I have jogged. For anyone under, say, 75, step away from this area. Nothing to hear here.
Credits: Grand Bahama Scuba: all photos – Melinda Riger & video – Fred Riger; Turtle music – someone else’s music collection, not mine, honestly… (oh dear another lie I am afraid – cred gone)
Wonderfully entertaining post today, RH, thanks for putting this smile on my face. Between the turtle kissing the video camera, the stunning photos by Melinda Riger, the joy of healthy hawksbills and a vibrant reef, and then the fun reminder of an old classic. Back when phone calls really were a dime. Great post, RH.
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Excellent point about the healthy reef, Jet – I ought to point that out rather than dealing with my turtle earworm and probably infecting you too (sorry). I listened to all 3 songs I namecheck and apart from out of date call costs they do have a certain charm…. RH
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