Here on the Big Island, Green Sea Turtles commonly come into shallow waters to feed on the algae (limu) growing on the bottom. During the past few years, green turtles have begun to crawl out on the rocks or sand and "bask", primarily during daylight hours. This basking is normal behavior unique to Hawaiian sea turtles.
Green turtles are protected by both state and federal laws as a threatened species. As such, it is illegal to disturb or handle them in any way, and fines can be imposed for doing so. If you see green turtles basking, please do not bother them. They will crawl back into the water when they are ready. Please enjoy the beauty of these wonderful creatures, both above and below the water.
~Malama na honu~
~Care for the Green Sea Turtles~