Swimming with sea turtles is on the wish list of almost every animal lover and nature enthusiast. They are beautiful and graceful creatures that inspire awe in all who see them. But to swim beside one in its own world or to have one approach on its own terms is an experience that is too beautiful to describe. This swimmer slipped into the ocean off Floreana Island in the Galapagos. It is a very remote part of the world with very few inhabitants and only occasional day visitors. The wildlife here has learned that they have no reason to fear humans. A respectful approach allowed this swimmer to get a close look at several huge Pacific green turtles as they drifted and fed on algae and other vegetation. Keeping his arms at his side and allowing the current to carry him, the swimmer found himself able to watch the turtles for a prolonged period. The turtles acted as if he was another turtle or at least something that caused them no concern. The surge of the ocean would occasionally bring the turtles so close that it was an effort for them not to bump into him. With so many turtles around him it was difficult to know how to avoid contact or where to look for the best view. The video footage captures a close up look at the turtles grazing contentedly. It is such a peaceful and magical experience that this swimmer will not likely forget this encounter. The Galapagos Islands are home to many unique and beautiful creatures on land as well as beneath the waves.
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