Pictures of and information about Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, both swimming and on shore, mostly taken on the big island of Hawaii.
For years, Hawaiians harvested green sea turtles for food. In fact, the "green" in their name doesn't refer to the color of their shell, but rather the color inside the shell. Over-harvesting led to a dramatic loss in the population. Since being classified as endangered and protected by law (you're not allowed within 10 feet), the green sea turtle has almost fully recovered and is really in no danger.
The green sea turtles travel a really long distance across the Pacific ocean and sto at Hawaii to rest. To evade predators in the water, such as orca or shark, they climb onto the shore to sleep. They also lay their eggs in the sand. They're shockingly slow on land, even for a turtle, and you can see they'd be easy food for hungry Hawaiians.