Some of the first pics that I decided to scan where these pics of endangered green sea turtles, since this trip was the only time in my life that I have seen sea turtles. Our trip to Hawaii was two weeks long and consisted of a week on Maui and a week on Oahu. We spotted this guy when we took a one day trip to the big island from Oahu.
The day trip began early in the morning when we left Honolulu and flew into Hilo. Then we got on a small bus and drove the circle around the island stopping from time to time to take in the sites. At one of the beaches that we stopped at Michelle and I were down by the water when this sea turtle swam right up to where we were standing. It was very cool.
Green sea turtles grow to be about four feet long and weigh in around 300 to 400 pounds. They are found in all tropical and temperate waters around the world. They live in bays or other protected shores of islands or continental coastlines. As adults they eat primarily algae and sea grasses and they are the only sea turtle that is strictly an herbivore. Since green sea turtles only nest every three to four years, or more, they are extremely susceptible to habitat loss and human intrusion. Because of this, and the fact that they and their eggs are still harvested in parts of the world, it is estimated that there are lest then 90,00 nesting females world wide which is why they are also listed as an endangered species internationally.