Life underwater is full of mysteries to most of us.
But if you work in nature conservation or are a scuba diver, you will really experience some exciting things with sea creatures that most of us never even know about.
Take this video as an example. A scuba diver took their camera under the waves and happened to have a fantastic interaction with an ancient turtle that looked like he couldn’t get enough camera time.
A diver was working on a conservation project when he came across this cute turtle.
This happened in the San Marcos River in Texas.
The person who got this incredible footage is a college student working with river conservation efforts.
As part of that job, they can dive underwater and even film what they see down there.
It is pretty rare to see such an old turtle.
Turtles are often depicted in movies, television, and even fables, old and slow. But this guy really takes the cake.
He’s covered in algae and while all that algae doesn’t harm him, it’s definitely a sign that he’s been in the water for quite some time.
When watching the video, you can also see that his eyes seem very bright and vibrant. It’s actually cataracts, another sign that this turtle is quite old.
But despite spending many years around the sun, this intelligent creature still has its curiosity and friendliness.
This little guy sure seemed curious about the diver.
When the diver is down there with his camera, he won’t move. It is better to keep a respectful distance from wild animals and let them live in peace. However, this turtle just swam in front of the camera.
In most of the photos, it looks like the diver is actually stepping back to give the turtle more space. But the turtle appeared to be unaffected and continued to follow the diver and camera, often looking directly into the lens.
It’s quite cute, and you can clearly see his friendly face.
The good thing is that scuba diver already knew a lot about their undersea friend.
The diver filming this video is a professional, and as such, they can share quite a bit about their encounter with the turtle.
In the caption of the YouTube video, the diver says:
“He is super friendly and curious, which is an odd trait for a snapping turtle to have; they are usually timid and skittish. I did not touch, harass or feed this turtle for this video. He came to me of his own free will. I am the original creator of this video. He is still alive and living his best life.”
Many people cannot get over this turtle’s age and appearance.
The algae coating on him gives him a really great look. Some people on YouTube make pretty good jokes about it, too.
One person wrote: “He may be old, but those hair supplements seem to be working for him.”
While others said:
“This turtle looks like it met the earliest ancestor of my bloodline.”
Hopefully, this little guy can meet all kinds of aquatic creatures in his underwater home.
This is a friendly snapping turtle. An extroverted guy like this can make friends of all kinds or at least have his fair share of his adventures.
Thanks to the conservation work that people like the diver who recorded the scene are doing, this little guy hopes to have a good, long life with amazing interactions like these.
Watch the video below to see this fantastic interaction for yourself.
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