Hawai’i’s Green Sea Turtle – Respecting “Honu”

Hawaii’s threatened green sea turtle are found at the Maui Ocean Center Hawaiian Aquarium, as well as along the beautiful coast line of the island’s of Hawaii’, Florida, Mexico, and any where there is tropical and subtropical sandy beaches, such as Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and North America.

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“Honu”, our ancient ocean friends, sea turtles have lived in the oceans of the earth before dinosaurs, at least a hundred and fifty million years.  I have read there are seven species of sea turtles varying in color, such as greenish or brown, and black to gray, they may have spots or streaks, and yellowish white plastron.  Our Pacific green sea turtles, Honu’s are consider a separate specie and to scientist known as black sea turtle.

Each “Honu” and sea turtle have distinctive individual facial markings telling them apart from each other. The most friendly of all turtles is “Honu” the green sea turtle. They swim with divers among the coral reefs sharing they feel comfortable with little to worry about.

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The adult weighting about three hundred pounds eat algae and sea grasses, and can also be seen around the bay, estuaries, sea grass meadows,  while the younger “Honu” include jellyfish, sponges and small mollusks in their diet.

These agile swimmers maybe protected under various national treaties, but it’s not enough. The “Honu” and sea turtles depend on land to build their nests and deposit their eggs on beaches;

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Large-scale poaching for meat, leather and shells are one of the things they can not out swim, or out run when the sea turtle natural nesting time tells them to come to shore, also demand for these green sea turtles at times has been enormous;

they drown in tuna and shrimp nets, swordfish long lines and other fishing gears; commercial exploitation of sea turtle eggs; ocean pollution; and destruction and development to nesting beaches by human progress.

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Education is very important for us to know and understand the reproduction of these ancient ocean dwellers. Ocean life depend on us, in more ways than one. “Honu” shares the sea with us, respecting “Honu” is respecting ourselves.

Turtle’s message to us, “Slow down!” Going slower sometimes gets you there sooner,

by Steven D. Farmer, Power Animals.

For more information;   http://www.turtles.org/greend.htm  and  Sea Turtle Fact Sheet, a sea turtle restoration project,

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