Green Sea Turtle, Big Island, Hawaii
The green sea turtle is the most common turtle found in the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiians call this ancient reptile honu.
Chelonia mydas can be found in many tropical places around the world. Although they are titled “green” they are not that color. The turtle’s color varies depending on where they are in the world, and/or what stage of life they are in. Their name originates from the green-colored fat beneath its carapace (shell).
Although their conservation status is listed as endangered, they are easy to spot in the Hawaiian Islands. Primarily vegetarian, their diet is kelp and algae, and can be seen foraging on land and sea.
Hunting, poaching, fishers’ nets, pollution, and habitat destruction contribute to the sea turtle’s demise, but there are also many protective laws and organizations dedicated to this creature’s survival. Green sea turtle overview here.