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Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas


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.


Four Green Sea Turtles swimming together at Makaha Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.


I found three sea turtles swimming in circles around one another, then a fourth joined in moments later (anyone know what a group of sea turtles is called?). They all kept going around, like a strange, undersea honu dance. Best part is, when the show was over one swam over and got in my face. Did she not want me watching their show?

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SargonR 5 years ago

Funny right? It almost looks upset with me, perhaps for interrupting their little get-together?

Dixie 5 years ago

3rd pic: he's checking you out! Great pics!

SargonR 5 years ago

AbbieRR, I know you love sea turtles. There is a mission dedicated to them here on PN, at this link. You should add yours to the mission.

AbbieRR 6 years ago

This is your best turtles spotting!

SargonR 6 years ago

Yes, we rarely see 3, I was even more amazed when number 4 showed up!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

3's a crowd, so they say ;)

ErikG.H.Meade 6 years ago


PaigeMatthews 6 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Apr 11, 2014
Submitted on Apr 11, 2014

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