Gigantic sea turtles put on spectacular show for nature enthisiasts
Male sea turtles also return to their birth place in order to breed. These two green turtles have found each other in the shallow waters of a remote island in the Galapagos. They chose a spot just off the beach to carry out their romantic encounter, much to the delight of several nature enthusiasts who were on a guided tour. For several minutes, the onlookers took pictures and video, enjoying a magnificent show that few people ever witness. After the male released the female from his grip, a rival male can be seen making a beeline for the tired female. Eager to also mate with her and pass on his genes, he will try to woo the female before she returns to the deeper water.
Green turtles were among the first species of sea turtle to be studied by researchers and the extensive data collected has been beneficial to understanding and conserving other species worldwide. Much of what we know about these beautiful animals has been learned from this species.
But, most importantly, these lucky people were thrilled to have witnessed some of nature's most gentle and beautiful animals in their own environment. This is a spectacle that they will not soon forget.