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Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Swimming

Swimming with Sea Turtles

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles–honu in Hawaiian–are fun, handsome examples of Hawaii’s lively ocean habitat. Their docile appearance and sun-bathing creates a relaxing and engaging time.

This turtle was photographed in the exceptionally clear waters off the Kona coast near Pu’uhonua o Honaunau.

Listed as a threatened species on the US Endangered Species Act of 1973 due to over-hunting, accidental netting, and other threats, their population has made a strong recovery starting in 1978.

The recovery is in part because of law enforcement and in part because most of their nesting activity takes place inside a National Wildlife Refuge System, the French Frigate Shoals.

Read more about green sea turtles at Wikipedia.