Photo of the Day

an endangered hawksbill sea turtle swimming off the shore of Cuba
October 8, 2018

First Swim

A critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle hatchling (Eretmochelys imbricata), about three inches long, paddles away from Cuba's shore under the protective cover of dusk. The island's government banned the harvest of sea turtles in 2008. Buy a print of this photo.

This photo was originally published in “Cuba’s Underwater Jewels Are in Tourism’s Path.”

Photograph by David Doubilet, National Geographic

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history