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Hawaiian green sea turtle

snorkel with turtle
snorkel with turtle

 

Fact about Hawaiian green sea turtle. Binomial name Chelonia mydas
One of Earth’s oldest animals.

Are they green?
mmmmm not really “green” but green color of the fat found beneath its shell!

Lifespan is about 80 years.
Green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world. Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) and up to 5 feet (1.5m).

Adult green sea turtle is only one sea turtle mainly eat sea grasses and algae while juveniles have a more carnivorous diet. They are only doing two things in their life. Guess what?
Eating and sleeping. Who want to be a green sea turtle now? Green sea turtle is mainly eat vegetable there is not much nutrition in it this is reason why they have to eat all the time.

Green sea turtle is lung breathing creature. They spend all most all life in water but they must breath air, They can be in water about 2 hours depends on what they are doing. When they are only sleeping they can be in water more than 2 hours.

Green sea turtle lays 100 to 200 eggs but you know how many of them can be adult… it is not even 1 % of them.

Well, is Hawaiian green sea turtle really “green sea turtle?
Some experts actually says Hawaiian green sea turtle is “Pacific BLACK sea turtle”. If you like to find out about more Pacific black sea turtle click here

Honu-Green Sea turtle in Hawaii
Honu is a symbol of Wisdom and Good Luck in Hawaii.

Snorkeling with green sea turtle in Hawaii with Discover West Oahu Tour.
Discover west Oahu tour is not only snorkeling adventure, we take you Hawaiian historic sites and sacred places.
This must things to do in Honolulu!

West Oahu great snorkeling at Pokai bay

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.

Hawaii turtle
Hawaii turtle

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.

Hawaii turtles
Hawaii turtles

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