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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
A sea turtle finds freedom in Bali

Learning about vulnerable species and using that knowledge to spread awareness is vital when participating in a sustainable travel project. While traveling in Bali, I visited the Turtle Conservation and Education Center on Serangan Island. This facility rescues injured turtles and is also a nesting facility for three sea turtle species: green, Olive Ridley, and hawksbill. They are endangered due to poaching, pollution, and irresponsible tourism. During my visit, I donated money to adopt a one month old Olive Ridley sea turtle and a volunteer showed me how to release it into the ocean.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Bali, Indonesia
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Copyright: © Roxann Murray