Green Sea Turtle Being Cleaned

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Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being cleaned by Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) and Gold-ring Surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus strigosus) at Turtle Towers dive site, Kona, Hawai'i.

This symbiotic behavior keeps the turtles free of algae and parasites while providing a food source for the fish.

seattlec2, Gabriel U, coismarbella, and 339 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Peter Liu Photography 59 months ago | reply

    Thanks to everyone for all the support! Mr. Turtle is proud and happy to have won! www.montereybayaquarium.org/contest/photo/

  2. Blue Celt 58 months ago | reply

    Très jolie !!!

  3. potet_jp 58 months ago | reply

    "Kiss, kiss, kiss," said the fish.
    "Mmmm," sais the turtle.
    Yes, a beautiful photograph.

  4. This Incredible World 58 months ago | reply

    I love love love love love sea turtles! They're all so beautiful! It's such a shame that every species of them is endangered! But you managed to capture this greenie in an awesome way!

  5. iknow,imfreak. [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    COOL! greetings from mexico.

  6. sunsinger 56 months ago | reply

    Wonderfully captured!!

  7. Island Amiga 56 months ago | reply

    This is beautiful!

  8. preetalina ° Preeti Desai 54 months ago | reply

    This is absolutely fantastic! Love the colors. Definitely a fave.
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  9. Diana Topan 51 months ago | reply

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  11. carolynfrisbie 48 months ago | reply

    Excellent pic. What a clear, clean, beautiful underwater photo.

  12. A Pretty Rock 46 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Turtletopia, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  13. paisley w 37 months ago | reply

    so great. WOW.

  14. Emmy_Animals 36 months ago | reply

    Hi there,
    I am currently writing an article on species that live in coral reefs from a conservational approach, to gain interest of the species that flourish in coral reefs but are being jeopardise because of the dangers that face them. Please will you grant me with your permission to use this image in my article? All image credits will be given, alongside with a direct link to your image.
    I like to combine writing with the use of photography to inspire people of the wonderful natural world that surrounds us, to educate and promote conservation!
    I hope to hear back from you.
    Emma

  15. AF_9 33 months ago | reply

    love the gold tang~!

  16. Maria Andrea B. 28 months ago | reply

    Excelente foto!

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