I cannot believe what i saw today during snorkeling with Hawaii Real Nature west Oahu tour at pokai bay west Oahu! it’s Hawksbill sea turtle which is Critically Endangered.
Hawaiian word, honu ʻea
This is first time I have seen in 20 years my diving history. In Hawaii, we usually meet the Hawaiian green sea turtles. Some of them are friendly, some of them are very shy. Please, even you find friendly sea turtle don’t touch the sea turtle that is prohibited. Like what would you do or feel if while you are relaxing on the beach and bunch of stranger come up to you start touching you. Would you like that that happen? Sma as the turtle, some of them they don’t mind to be staring, some of them don’t like it so please KOKUA (respect) the wildlife. Do not bother them, do not chase them.
Hawksbill turtles are found throughout the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They avoid deep waters, preferring coastlines where sponges are abundant and sandy nesting sites are within reach.
Not particularly large compared with other sea turtles, hawksbills grow up to about 45 inches (114 centimeters) in shell length and 150 pounds (68 kilograms) in weight. While young, their carapace, or upper shell, is heart-shaped, and as they mature it elongates. Their strikingly colored carapace is serrated and has overlapping scutes, or thick bony plates. Their tapered heads end in a sharp point resembling a bird’s beak, hence their name. A further distinctive feature is a pair of claws adorning each flipper. Male hawksbills have longer claws, thicker tails, and somewhat brighter coloring than females.
Like many sea turtles, hawksbills are a critically endangered species due mostly to human impact. Hawksbill eggs are still eaten around the world despite the turtle’s international protected status, and they are often killed for their flesh and their stunning shells. These graceful sea turtles are also threatened by accidental capture in fishing nets.
From National Geographic
Hawaii Real Nature-Snorkeling adventure take you to the right spot to for everyone can enjoy safely snorkeling but we are not only for water activity. We stop several Hawaiian sacred, historic places and talk about Hawaiian legend. see Hawaii Real Nature-West Oahu Tour