Wednesday, February 17, 2010

White Sea Turtle Wednesday - New Header

It is Ash Wednesday today as well as a White Wednesday.  Go with peace to those who celebrate this beginning of the Lenten season and to all those who stop by. I changed my header out last evening with a photo I shot of a sea turtle that I came upon in the warm waters off of Cancun. He was comfortable with the divers and I was fortunate to get this close of a shot of him resting in a coral bed.   His photo got me thinking about white sea creatures and I came across these lovely photos of albino sea turtles.  How dramatic and extraordinary they are.

Every year around 15,000 Green and Hawksbill turtles are hatched and housed at the Thai Military Sea Turtle Conservation Center on Khram Island near Pattaya, and every so often an albino turtle turns up. The hatchlings are kept at the Center until they’re about 6 months old, at which point their shells have hardened enough for them to have a better chance of survival in the sea.

White amongst a sea of dark green, almost black siblings.

Sea turtles can live to surprisingly long ages but they suffer from high mortality when they’re young. Albinos are especially vulnerable due to their bright white color. The inquisitive-looking example above top was photographed at the Sea Turtle Sanctuary at Isla Mujeres near Cancun, Mexico. Such sweet faces on these wondrous creatures. 

Wishing everyone a kind and gentle White Wednesday.  Sea Witch

11 comments:

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

The photos are amazing. Turtles seem to have such comprehension in their eyes.

seanymph said...

Look at the eyes in the first shot. They look almost human......eerie huh?

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

How beautiful !
Have you ever dived with a leatherback?
Tracey

Bettyann said...

oh so beautiful..I want to go snorckling in Mexico again..source of wonder..thanks for sharing..

Kathleen said...

Handsome turtles, I love the look of their faces.

Thinking of you on this ash wednesday

Hugs, Kathleen

FILIGREE MOON said...

Such sweet faces these turtles have! You photographed them so beautifully. ~ Angela

Queen "B" said...

Aloha, I love my visits with you under the sea I feel so at home
Aloha wishes from across the sea
Brandi

Sylvrrrena said...

i just stumbled upon your site and so glad i found it! can't wait to share your diving pictures with my husband. he used to dive when we lived in hawaii a couple years ago, but now we are in alaska, no such luck! he is in the coast guard, so we will always be by the sea at least!

Queen Bee's Musings said...

Beautiful Pictures and love your header...
I must share these with my sisters and my youngest granddaughter who love turtles..

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Ok..maybe it's because I'm crazy over white, but those albino turtles are just incredibly beautiful to me!! I never knew they existed! Thanks so much for showing them!

Jacque said...

Good Morning Witch,

How marvelous is that albino turtle!! What a photo op that was!! I can only imagine what it is like to dive and take pics of all those mysterious underworld sea creatures. It must be so "peaceful".

I hope your booths are doing well and that you are taking a little time to rest!

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse today. We love having company!