Have you heard the great news? The Hawaiian green turtle, the most common sea turtle in the waters around Hawaii, is on the endangered list. However, the turtles have increased in numbers over the last three decades.
The scientific name is Chelonia mydas, but you can call it by its Hawaiian name of Honu.
These large sea turtles have been known to live to age 70. They prefer tropical waters, including those of Hawaii, but can thrive in subtropical waters.
How big do they get? Adults typically weigh up to 500 pounds. The shell, which ranges in color from olive brown to black, averages a length of 40 inches. Hawaiian green turtles differ from other varieties. Two large prefrontal scales between the eyes is one way of identifying the turtle.
About nine of every ten nest in the islands of Northwestern Hawaii. They migrate to the coastal area of the main islands to feed. It’s been requested that you avoid feeding, touching or disturbing sea turtles while they soak up the sun or swim through the water. Take pictures and videos from a distance to share with friends and family.
Have you been to Hawaii? What is your favorite thing to do or see while there?