Photograph by Aaron Lynton
If you already think sea turtles are chill, this shot will help further convince you of their relaxed nature. It would be amazing to know what this Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is thinking. The expressive face, barely open eyes, wide spread fins, and positioning on the sea floor all seem to say, “Just chillin’. How you doin’?”
What we do know is that sea turtles (“honu” in Hawaiian) will wedge themselves under rocks and in shallow sea caves to rest. Wedging themselves in gives them an anchor to a spot so they don’t float away or shift with the current. It also offers a bit of protection from any would-be threats. When at rest like this, sea turtles can stay under the water for up to 2 hours ref.Honu Chillin,
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