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Green Sea Turtle On Beach


Green Sea Turtle On Beach

Green Sea Turtle On Rocks


Green Sea Turtle On Rocks

Green Sea Turtle Face Closeup


Green Sea Turtle Face Closeup

Hawaii


Hawaii

Green sea turtle at cleaning station


Green sea turtle at cleaning station
Green sea turtle at cleaning station
Green sea turtle at cleaning station

Green sea turtle crawling onto beach


Green sea turtle crawling onto beach
Green sea turtle crawling onto beach

Green sea turtle on beach


Green sea turtle on beach
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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.