Drifting together in an affectionate embrace, these turtles look as though they were interrupted while sharing an intimate moment.
Photographer Montse Grillo, 37, captured the shots of the green turtles while diving off the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
The animals swam up to the divers as they were curious about their reflections in the camera lens.
The pair of green turtles shared an intimate embrace off the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, 100 km west of the southern border of Morocco
The turtles were so friendly they approached photographer Montse Grillo, 37, so she could take a ‘selfie’ in her diving gear
Ms Grillo said: ‘Turtles and I are great friends and I love to spend time with them. They are curious because of the reflections in my lens’
Photographer Montse Grillo taking a ‘selfie’ with her friend Sara Garcia (left) and a green turtle. They are endangered, but are still hunted for their meat and eggs
Green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Some swim more than 2,600 km to reach their spawning grounds
Green turtles, which are common in Tenerife, can grow up to 1.5m and can weigh up to 190kg. Mating occurs every two to four years
Far from being camera shy, the sea creatures swam up close to a pair of divers and posed for several minutes with them
Ms Grillo, who is self-employed, said: ‘Turtles and I are great friends and I love to spend time with them so I thought I would take a selfie.’ The photos are the result of dedication, patience, perseverance and a passion for turtles. ‘Turtles know me and are very loving. They are curious because of the reflections in my lens.’