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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Loggerhead hatchling learning to swim off the coast of Florida

It was an early morning along the coast of Florida when this loggerhead hatchling’s flippers first met the ocean. As the hatchling took his first few strides through the open ocean, he began to learn the skills of a sea turtle. How to swim, how to breathe, and how to survive.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 08.2018
Photo Location: Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Kyle Soto
Awards
Photo of the Day: 08.03.18
Editor's Pick