Posted by: onboardtourswhales | March 28, 2012

Honu – Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

Friday March 16, 2012 

As well as completing the course, testing, training, and field work to become a University of Hawaii Certified Marine Naturalist, I have also trained to become a turtle monitor; educating people about the turtles, turtle needs, and collecting data!

The turtles will come to shore to lay their eggs and “bask”; rest and warm up on the beach, particularly at dusk. Most of the beaches are frequented by people and although Green Sea Turtles are rebounding since we stopped hunting them and the Hawaiian turtles seem fairly comfortable with us humans, we are sharing the waters and beaches and need to give the turtles at least 15 feet of space, not block access back to the water, and not disturb them with light or camera flash.

These ancient beings spend approximately the first 5 to 10 years of their long lives in the oceans before they return to the land. Wonderful to watch at sunset, 15 turtles climb out of the surf to bask on a northern Maui beach! I did zoom and crop my photos and videos.

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