<p>Thomas Peschak was diving in a lava mangrove ecosystem in the western islands of the Galapágos when he took this selfie with a green sea turtle for the <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/galapagos-climate-change-impacts-iconic-creatures/?beta=true" target="_blank">June 2017 issue</a> of <i>National Geographic.</i></p> <p>“Most of the turtles inside these mangrove lagoons are very skittish. However there was this one, small individual that was very curious and often would even swim towards me. I think this turtle was interested in its reflection in the dome port of my underwater housing.”</p> <p>Follow Peschak on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/thomaspeschak/?hl=en" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p>

Thomas Peschak

Thomas Peschak was diving in a lava mangrove ecosystem in the western islands of the Galapágos when he took this selfie with a green sea turtle for the June 2017 issue of National Geographic.

“Most of the turtles inside these mangrove lagoons are very skittish. However there was this one, small individual that was very curious and often would even swim towards me. I think this turtle was interested in its reflection in the dome port of my underwater housing.”

Follow Peschak on Instagram.

Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak, National Geographic

National Geographic Photographers Show Us Their Selfies

From photographing baby pandas in China to exploring a mountaintop cave in Uzbekistan, our photographers in the field turn the camera on themselves.

A photographer on assignment for National Geographic typically spends weeks in the field, spread out over multiple trips. The published photographs tell one part of the story, but what is it like being behind the lens dangling from a cliff in Nepal or cavorting with Viking reenactors in Poland? We've been asking our photographers to pause for a quick selfie to show us what they were experiencing at a given moment. Here we share our favorites with you.

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