This curious big fellow is coming out from under a coral patch where he had been resting. Despite their status as an endangered species, there are relatively common sightings around the coral reefs in Hawaii waters. Honu grow to around 3-4 feet, and weigh up to 300-350 lbs or more. With lungs two-thirds as long as their carapace, it is believed they can stay underwater for many hours depending on the animal’s size. The longest recorded downtime was five hours. Can you imagine holding your breath that long?
The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, known as “Honu,” symbolizes good luck, endurance and long life. Turtles can show up as a person's guardian spirit, known as “Aumakua.”
My painting is an acrylic on canvas board.
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April 27th, 2020
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