Sea turtles are gentle reptiles that spend the majority of their lives in the ocean.
Hundreds of years ago, there were many millions of sea turtles swimming the Earth’s oceans. Today, all seven species of sea turtle are considered either endangered or threatened.
In the Hawaiian waters, the green sea turtle is making a comeback from its threatened status. Due to their size and swiftness in the water, they have only two predators, sharks and people. On this beach there are volunteers stationed to keep the public away from the turtles.
The sea turtles’ shells are lighter and more streamlined and their front and rear limbs have evolved into flippers making them efficient and graceful swimmers, capable of swimming long distances in a relatively short period of time.
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles can weigh up to 450 pounds and grow up to 4 feet in length.
We were at “their” beach for about 30 minutes. During that time the turtles spent the whole time underwater munching away at what looks like sea lettuce.
They pop their heads up every 3 or 4 minutes for a quick breath and then they are underwater again. (I’ll tell you, it makes for tricky photography!)
“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
~ James Bryant Conant
“Slow and steady wins the race.”
“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”