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Tripod, the Green Sea Turtle

The Motley Pixel Lens Photo Repository This is a scanned color print from ~1996. If I recall correctly, I used Kodak Royal Gold ASA 100 speed film. I was stationed on the USS Columbus SSN 762 Submarine in Pearl Harbor, HI in the mid-90’s. While on a Pacific-Rim deployment, we stopped into Yokosuka Japan for some minor up-keep work and one day on liberty I went into Akihabara (Electronics District near Tokyo). I purchased a Sea and Sea 35mm underwater camera, 20mm wide-angle conversion lens, base-stay, arms, and two strobes. I never had much time to dive in Hawaii, but I managed to catch this shot while on a boat dive off the west coast of Oahu. I remember the videographer “Mel” telling us that we should see a 3-flippered green sea turtle called “Tri-Pod” and he warned the females with long hair to tuck their hair into their wetsuits since Tripod liked hair ;-) Tripod had a 6-pack plastic cola keeper around one of her flippers which cut off the circulation and killed that flipper. The dive was a shallow dive at roughly 40ft max. I was tracking Tripod with my gear by swimming back to the ocean floor and recall getting about 6 shots off…all the while trying to get the suns reflection behind her head.


This shot was inspired by a poster taken from an unknown photographer who shot for an organization then called “Under Hanauma” a group dedicated to preserving Hanauma Bay.

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Taken on May 31, 2007