Behind the Lens: Filming Pacific Green Sea Turtles

In the sheltered waters of the Galapagos Archipelago’s coves and mangrove forests, the marine life thrives, unaffected by the swell of the Pacific Ocean. When snorkeling, Silversea’s guests see Galapagos Penguins, bright schools of tropical fish, playful sea lions, as well as a more unusual ocean-dwelling creature: the Pacific green sea turtle. An Ecuadorian national, Expedition Filmmaker David Padilla recently shared the water with these distinctive animals, which can live for up to 80 years.

“I made eye contact with one particular Pacific green sea turtle, as it glided peacefully through the water, undeterred by my presence,” recalls Padilla. The nature enthusiast has spotted them throughout the archipelago, at various spots while traveling with Silversea Cruises. “Like most other animals in our unique ecosystems, the turtles are completely unafraid of humans. We are so privileged to swim with them, as the locals have done for many generations.”

A Pacific green sea turtle swims in the waters of the Galapagos Archipelago/Lucia Griggi