Leatherback Turtles

United States
Watching a female leatherback haul herself out of the surf, lumber up the sand, dig a hole and drop her eggs was the single most memorable animal encounter in my over 30 years of international wildlife photography and travel. Camera technology of the time didn't allow a moonlit photograph like this.
Cuba
Because I want it to have a scenery that looks different.
Florida,
United States
The animal is endangered and the background looks vanishing
California,
United States
This ancient gentle creature means us no harm and co-habitates in waters we enjoy as well and yet we don't take enough measures to protect its existence. Being human should make us capable of figuring out ways to coexist without endangering them.
Because the sea turtle actually looks like he is vanishing in the picture.
California,
United States
This wonderful creature struggles to live and reproduce, under "normal" life cycle challenges. Man can save this animal from extinction by understanding that we are the cause and therefore can participate in the cure by allowing this species to live without being exploited for monetary gain.
Wyoming,
United States
Leatherback sea turtles look like creatures from a dinosaur movie, in size and shape. This one species makes you contemplate all the life in the oceans that has vanished, and think about the future of existing species. It's an awe-inspiring experience to see one in person, and a photograph is the next best thing.
Ohio,
United States
Sea turtles, and turtles in general, have always been associated with wisdom and longevity. Now they are disappearing quickly and something must be done about it. These animals are beautiful and mysterious and there is still so much to be learned about them. They are vanishing too quickly and represent the loss of animal life all around the world.
United States
the clock is ticking on the future of this defenseless creature!
United States
The leatherback is already so close to extinction. Time is of the essence for them. We must act NOW!
A cute picture that gives you a gasp.
Florida,
United States
Juno Beach FL is one of the few places to find the vanishing leather back turtle where the beaches are eroding, compromising their ability to breed. Actions have been taken to help prevent further damage.
Ecuador
Because the image transmits the feeling of "struggling" of a vanishing species.
Virginia,
United States
It is tragic to think of a species that has survived so long coming to an end because of the destructive impact of our civilization.
United States
The picture of the leatherback turtle is stunning. It moved my when I saw it. Absolutely beautiful picture.
Montana,
United States
The animals are extint due to humans lack of care for our planet. without care our world will eventually go byebye. wakeup world!
South Carolina,
United States
28 years ago I brought my son, then 4, to Bermuda. We visited the aquarium daily. One night, as we walked by, the workers called to us to come over to the outdoor pool. There was an injured leatherback turtle. It looked like a creature that had come from the past. The staff explained to us about the turtles history and plight. My son was very impressed that we had gotten to see this creature that many marine biologists never see their entire career. The turtle was treated and released in the early morning hours. We were truly to be in the right place at the right time. Tommy is now 32 and still talks about the experience.
California,
United States
All of these photos are worthy of display to represent endangered sea creatures around the world! I'm voting for this one because the image of the sea turtle looks like what's happening to these amazing animals in nature: it's vanishing.
Maine,
United States
This Leatherback was unlike any I'd ever seen before--it looks like an alien creature! An especially beautiful one, adapted so well to its life at sea.
United States
Leatherback turtle represents longevity in the natural world, but may not be able to survive in current environment. The view of the sky is powerful.

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