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Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Description:

The Green Sea Turtle, AKA: Black Sea Turtle, Pacific Green Turtle, or Honu, is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The common name comes from the usually green fat found beneath its carapace. Like other sea turtles, green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Many islands worldwide are known as Turtle Island due to green sea turtles nesting on their beaches.

Habitat:

Green Sea Turtle spotted at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. This spot is not the best snorkeling spot on Oahu, but it has the greatest biodiversity of any place on the island. We have seen over 100 different species of marine life at this park, over a period of approximately 4.5 years.

Notes:

One of several Green Sea Turtles, or Honu, that I happened across on Easter Sunday, 2013. This one was just swimming around in the deeper area of the bay (25-30'), going up and down to take breaths and show off.

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2 Comments

SargonR
SargonR 6 years ago

Yes. You occasionally get lucky here, usually when the tide is going out, and get some crystal clear water!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Crystal clear waters..wonderful spotting!

SargonR
Spotted by
SargonR

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Dec 31, 2013
Submitted on Dec 31, 2013

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