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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.


Green Sea Turtle resting on the ocean floor in Waimea Bay on the North Shore of the island of Oahu, Hawaii.


This young turtle caught my eye because of his exceptionally colorful shell.

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SargonR 6 years ago

Right? It just seemed much more clean/colorful than most of the others I have seen around Hawaii. Perhaps it was a younger turtle.

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Such a beautiful pattern on the shell.

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Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Feb 15, 2014
Submitted on Apr 26, 2014

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