Turtle in trouble
It's an image that communicates in one emotive hit the damage being done to the world's oceans. Jordi came across this desperate scene when sailing between Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, hoping to photograph dolphins. 'I spotted the abandoned net drifting along the surface,' says Jordi. As he dived down to investigate, he could see the loggerhead turtle tangled up in the netting. 'The poor creature must have been trapped for some days, it was so badly knotted up.' Though it could just reach the surface to breathe by extending its neck, it was still sentenced to a long, cruel death. 'I felt as though it were looking at me for help as it tried to bite through the netting.' Jordi released it, allowing one individual a second chance. Given that all species of sea turtles are endangered, they need all the help they can get.
Nikon D300 + Tokina Fisheye 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 DX lens; 1/160 sec at f14; ISO 200; housing; Inon strobes.
Off the Spanish coast, Mediterranean Sea
Jordi Chias, Spain
I got my first underwater camera when I was 13 years old, a Hanimex amphibian which I use to take pictures of my brother freediving during the summer. I always wanted to make a living as an underwater explorer and photography eas the only way I found. Wildlife and action professional photographer for the last 14 years. Specialized in underwater histories. First four years I worked for diving magazines and after I became freelance.