Turtles at Turtle Reef

Formerly called Sec de Grand Case, Turtle Reef is a nice reef in Grand Case Bay that reaches up to 4 feet below the surface of the water. True to its name, I was able to photograph a couple turtles on the dive. The hawksbill is more common and more tolerant of divers, while the green turtle is more wary. Often, as you can see on this specimen, the green turtles have tumor-like growths that I believe are caused by some sort of infectious disease. As they get larger, they can completely cover one or both of the turtle’s eyes, which is presumably fatal as the turtle could no longer find food or escape predators.

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