Mac approached this imposing individual slowly through the tangled vegetation so as not to spook his subject or stir up clouds of mud. The turtle continued feeding for a while, before shuffling its feet, kicking up a plume of sediment and raising its head, offering Mac a striking front-on view before calmly swimming away.
The common snapping turtle has a reputation for being aggressive and is capable of inflicting a nasty bite. Burying itself in the sand it uses the worm-shaped growth on the tip of its tongue to attract its prey then rapidly extends its head and neck to snap it up with a sharp bite.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Sigma 15mm f2.8 lens; 1/80 sec at f9; Aquatica housing; Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes.
Rainbow River, Florida, USA
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