2017 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Caretta Caretta Trapped


Francis Pérez

08 June, 2016

A loggerhead sea turtle swims entangled in abandoned fishing gear, off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in the northeast Atlantic Ocean.

The loggerhead is classed as a ‘vulnerable’ species globally by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, but the northeast Atlantic subpopulation is listed as ‘endangered’. Entrapment in nets intended for other species, and in gear left abandoned by fishing boats is the prime threat to marine turtles, followed by human consumption of meat and eggs, and coastal development affecting their habitat.

About the photographer

Francis Pérez

Francis Pérez is a freelance professional underwater photographer who focuses on the submarine world in places such as Indonesia, the Red Sea, Malaysia, South Africa, Mozambique,...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
15.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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