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Sea Turtles

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas

              
(1-2,12: Mala Pier, Maui / 3: Kamaole Beach Park III, Maui / 4,14: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 5: Tortugas, Kauai / 6-7: Plate Lunch, Kauai / 8-9: Coral Galleries, Kauai / 10: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 11: Sea Tiger, Oahu, 13: Black Rock, Maui / 15: Hale O Honu, Kauai)

It's hard to dive or snorkel Maui or Kauai without seeing turtles. If you're snorkeling, look for rocks with seaweed; the turtles come close to shore to munch on it.  But don't touch the turtles; you can spook them when they're on the way to the surface and they'll drown.  (And it's a huge fine if you get caught...)

Turtles breathe air:
(1: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona)

Turtles like to nap underwater; they can hold their breath a long time:
(1: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai)

Some fish, like the goldring surgeonfish and brown surgeonfish, will eat algae off a turtle's back:
   
(1: St. Anthony Wreck, Maui / 2: Kanaka Nui, Kauai / 3: Three Fingers, Kauai / 4: Hale O Honu, Kauai)