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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.
A small honu, or Green Sea Turtle, with a carapace of only about 18" diameter, basking on the shore early in the morning at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii.
Spotted on Aug 17, 2013
Submitted on May 3, 2014