An adult Green Sea Turtle swims by a woman, taking it easy in the clear blue ocean off Maui’s north side.
Honu in Hawaii have been protected long enough now that they have become quite accustomed to swimming with people. It is illegal to disturb turtles or swim after them in the water; however, the turtles have no such restrictions and will often cruise by for close encounters.
From the Photographer:
“This summer’s water has been so clear and blue on the north end of Maui. I took this image of my wife enjoying the warm water when a friendly Honu decided to cruise by as well.”