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Scratchy the Turtle


The first time JD Duff ever encountered Scratchy the Turtle, it was under a ledge, moving back and forth, rubbing its back on the overhang, totally oblivious to all the divers watching. Finally one of the divers moved in and started scratching and the turtle appeared to love it. They eventually discovered that Scratchy (who had a name by this time) also liked being scratched on its underside. This footage was shot in 2002. Scratchy continued to live on the same South Florida reef through the 2004/05 hurricane season, where it was seen at least 80% of the time JDs group dived there. Sometime after 2006, Scratchy was tagged, but this did not appear to make it leery of divers. Although not seen as often, Scratchy is still seen on the same reef

JD Duff graduated from Florida Tech with a degree in commercial diving in 1978.  Shortly thereafter he received a call from The Scuba Club, Inc. in West Palm Beach, FL with a job offer.  That was June 1980 and he has been there ever since. He is a USCG licensed captain and a SDI and TDI scuba instructor trainer.  In addition to running daily dive trips in West Palm Beach, he takes groups of divers to many dive destinations around the world. JD's photographs have appeared in publications such as Ocean Realm, National Geographic World, Sea Frontiers and Outdoor Explorer. Besides the local networks, JD's video work has also been seen on National Geographic Television, the Travel Channel and the Animal Planet.

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