Flatback turtles on Crab Island
After much anticipation I was finally heading to Crab Island in Far North Queensland for some field work for my PhD. Getting to Crab Island is quite a journey, two days of hot and dusty driving from Cairns is then followed by a one hour bumpy boat ride out to the island. There are no facilities on the island and so everything needs to be brought across, including water. Not only was I excited about getting some samples for my research, I was also very excited about getting the opportunity to photograph flatback turtles. This species of turtle nests only in Australia and very little is known about their life histories and general biology. If you are interested in learning more about my research with them make sure you go to my personal website, www.franciscusscheelings.com where you can learn all about how I am working for sea turtle conservation. Photographic conditions were fairly tough as a howling wind swept across the beach and whipped the sand in every direction. If you look closely at some of the photos you may be able to see the swirling sand. Nonetheless I'm happy with some of the shots I got and I hope you enjoy them as well. Check out the photos and stay tuned for plenty more sea turtle images over the coming months!