Out of the blue

A picture entitled ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ of a turtle breaking the surface of the ocean, as it surfaced to breathe—has been named the winner of “Out of the Blue”, a photography competition designed to inspire people to protect the marine world.

It was taken by Ashley Wee, 26, a Canadian biology graduate, as she snorkelled off the Bahamas off the north coast of Nassau. She said the photo was really pure luck and she was thrilled to see a pack of about six or seven sea turtles swimming by.

“I came upon a group of sea turtles — about 6 or 7 of them,” she recalled. “One in particular caught my attention, as it was bobbing at the surface. It made me think about this animal and how it was affected by things both above and below the ocean.

“Nature will always continue to impress us with its beauty and it is something we must not take for granted. As humans, we need to learn to appreciate this beauty without disturbing it in order to ensure preservation for future generations.”

“It is hoped that these images, depicting the beauty and importance of our blue world, will inspire Commonwealth governments, businesses and leaders of the future to do all they can to safeguard the oceans for current and future generations,” the competition organisers said in that statement.

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