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This is one of my favorite pictures of 2011 b/c of the experience.

My friend who has a Florida turtle's license informed me that she was going to release approx 100 Green Sea Turtle hatchlings the next evening and that I was welcome behind the ropes...but no flash. It would be the first release Green Sea Turtle on the West Coast of Florida in 11 years.

Their was concern that lights on a barge in the Gulf near the nest site would cause the hatchlings to go off course. Therefore, the release was scheduled for the next day after someone had communicated with the captain of the barge.

At least an hour passed before all the gulls and terns flew buy...hatchlings being one of their favorite prey. Finally, after the sun had already set, they were released and within moments, all scurrying down the sand. I lay on my belly near the water with a short lens @ ISO 6400. There was no light except for a glimmer of what was left of the gorgeous sunset reflecting on the beach. Then this little critter graced me with his presence.

I was afraid b/c of the high ISO that the pictures would be worthless but after 4 passes of NR, I felt this was good enough to show off and ended up making the front page of the local paper.

It was an experience I will never forget and for which I am extremely grateful. I look forward to photographing more releases in the future.

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