1995 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Olivier Grunewald

01 January, 1994

The breeding process of the giant leatherback turtle: The females lay some 100 eggs in a deep nest, which is carefully covered up before they return to the ocean. About two months later, the baby turtles hatch and climb to the surface, where they wait under the sand for the temperature to drop. At nightfall, they make a dash for the relative safety of the sea.

About the photographer

Olivier Grunewald

Olivier Grunewald was born in Paris in 1959. He started photographing birds at the age of 14. After studying commercial advertising photography at the Gobelins school of images, ...

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