Hawaiian green sea turtles derive their name from the fact that their body fat is green. They grow from 1 oz hatchlings to 400 lb graceful swimmers capable of 20 mph underwater bursts. To spawn, they migrate northwest 480 miles to an airport strip called the French Frigate Shoals. If left alone they can live to eighty but they are a
federally protected endangered species trying to make a recovery.
This turtle was sleeping for quite some time right on the beach. A sleeping sea turtle is not very
photogenic however. Fortunately, a nice wave came up and splashed him good, the eyes opened for only a second...click.
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