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Chelonia Mydas

Discover Hawaii’s Sea Turtles

Come and Discover Hawaii’s Sea Turtles SECTION

Hawaii is the home to five species of sea turtles. Olive ridleys, loggerheads, and leatherbacks are usually only encountered in deep offshore waters. But it’s common for snorkelers and divers on all the islands to see the honu (green sea turtle) in near shore waters. Green sea turtles, however, nest in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a remote protected area where they thrive.

Come discover Hawaii’s Sea Turtles!

Find out how you can help protect the turtles!

Information provided by the Hawaii Wildlife Fund

  • Adult sea turtles are often found in shallow lagoons, feeding mostly on different species of sea grasses.
  • The average green sea turtle lives to be 80 years of age.
  • Entire generations often migrate between one pair of feeding and nesting areas.
  • They typically swim at about 1.6-1.9 MPH.
  • Sea turtles spend nearly all their lives underwater, but must breathe air for the oxygen needed to meet the demands of vigorous activity.
  • It is estimated that only 1% of hatchlings reach sexual maturity, which can take 25-50 years.

Respect the Green Sea Turtles

The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and wildlife laws of the State of Hawaii. Please do not touch, feed, crowd, harass, or tease them for any reason whatsoever.