July 01, 2013
Soft shelled turtle
It was getting ready to lay eggs but it stopped and watched us.
As we drifted nearby two turtle researchers came over a sand dune and the turtle spooked.
It moved very quickly across the sand and into the water.
Soft shells move surprisingly fast when the need arises.
The researchers looked for a nesting site but were unable to find one.
Soft shells, like most turtles, are at various levels of risk due to habitat loss and poachers.