Hawaii Green Sea Turtle – The Most Beloved Creature in the Ocean
Of all the creatures that make their homes in the ocean, the Green Sea Turtle is among the most adorable, and the most beloved in Hawaii. For centuries, the sacred Honu has been a revered ocean dweller, representing so much to locals of Hawaii, and as the years have gone by, become something of a representation of Hawaii. There are a few known places around the islands to spot a green sea turtle, and if you are fortunate enough to see one, it will surely be a special treat for your trip.
While you’re in the ocean, there is a chance that a Green Sea Turtle casually swims by. It is incredibly common to spot one while snorkeling, and seasoned surfers know to keep a lookout when out in the ocean because turtles are everywhere. The are easy to spot and precaution must always be taken when one is in the area as these are endangered species, and are protected throughout the world.
The Honu dates all the way back to the earliest arrivals to the islands, and the evidence can be found today on the Big Island. Petroglyphs are carved into lava fields with imges of turtles, representing their importance and their presence for many years. The connection to Hawaii is very deep and the Honu symbolizes the navigator, which is always able to find its way back home.
One of the most intriguing facts about the green sea turtle is that they return to their birthplace throughout their lives, usually to lay eggs, though some return just out of habit. Local researchers discover that the same turtles frequent the same coves and beaches, even sleeping in the same place beneath the ocean’s surface.
It is always exciting to spot a Honu resting on the sand, but visitors must be aware that they need to keep their distance and only observe the turtles from afar. When a turtle is sleeping on the sand, they are unprotected and are on the sand for a reason. Touching a turtle is against the law, and it also puts the turtle at risk, as the bacteria from humans is harmful and can cause serious issues for the turtle. Even while snorkeling, it is important to remember to not touch the turtle and enjoy them while they are swimming freely. They play a vital role in the local ecology and Hawaii needs them to help keep the ocean healthy.
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