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Updated 4/19/2013

Sea Turtles


Chelonia mydas

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii


Green Sea Turtle, Hanauma Bay, 35 feet

Sea Life Park, Oahu, Hawaii


Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii


Koko Craters, Oahu, Hawaii


Waimanalo, Oahu,Hawaii


Kahe Point, Oahu, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii


Firehouse, Oahu, 25 feet

Koko Craters, Oahu, Hawaii


Turtle Canyon, Waikiki, Oahu, 30 feet

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu


Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet


Makua, Oahu, 30 feet

San Pedro Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 70 feet


YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 90 feet

YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 90 feet


Honaunau, Hawaii

Honaunau, Hawaii


Puako, Hawaii


Sleeping with garbage, Makua, Oahu


Hooked flipper, Makua, Oahu

Eastern Island, Midway Atoll

YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet


Sand Island, Midway Atoll

Fibropapilloma tumors, YO-257, Waikiki


The only common sea turtle in Hawaiian waters, it is a genetically isolated Indo-Pacific subpopulation.  Feeds upon sea grasses and seaweed and rests on beaches or in underwater caverns where it can remain submerged for several hours on a single breath.  Leaves its home reef to breed every few years to breed and nest at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Its primary enemy is the Tiger Shark since hunting was effectively banned after 1978, but continued threats are poaching, boat collisions, entanglement, pollution, and fibropapilloma tumors.  Slow-growing, reaching sexual maturity by 11 years, a maximum age of about 80 years, and carapace length of 3 feet.  The species occurs in warm and temperate seas worldwide.




Chelonia mydas

Dumaguete, Philippines


Slightly different in appearance from the Hawaiian population.