The Green Sea Turtle
By Rex Bennett
The Green Sea Turtle ("Honu" in Hawaiian) is the most commonly found turtle in the Hawaiian Islands. Although this species is more abundant than the nearly-extinct Hawksbill and easier to locate than the deep-sea dwelling Leatherback, it is still an endangered species. It is against the law to touch, ride or otherwise harass a Green Sea Turtle. While snorkeling off the southern coast of Maui, I was fortunate enough to find myself in the exact location of a Turtle rising to the surface and who came so close that I had to exert myself to keep from touching the animal. I did, however, manage to snap a few photos while he lingered nearby.