This sweet young baby honu is coming out of her shell. Her first day of life is full of adventure and danger. Once she has escaped her shell, she must run to the sea or risk being eaten by sea birds.
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.” When lost, turtles are excellent navigators and often find their way home. They nest every 2-4 years and can lay as many as 7 nests. Nesting occurs from June till October. They will hatch anywhere between 48-70 days after they are laid.
The gentle reptiles are known for their ability to gracefully glide through the ocean with their paddle-like flippers and are often spotted feasting on algae close to shore while occasionally bobbing their heads up for air. These slow-moving, yet skilled swimmers were once a food source – along with their eggs – for the Hawaiians and became severely over-harvested when westerners arrived on the islands. Due to these circumstances, their population rapidly declined and they were listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 1978. To this day they are still listed as endangered species.
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June 1st, 2020
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