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Sea Turtles- Birth Announcement 500+Hatchlings on Kaua’i!

Sea Turtles- Birth Announcement 500+Hatchlings on Kaua’i!

  In the Hawaiian Islands, Green Sea Turtles have made a great comeback in the past few decades. On our Snorkel charters, it still amazes me to see the sheer number of animals we are blessed to swim with everyday. As a Marine Biologist, I am then overwhelmed that I have lived long enough to see female sea turtles come back to the major Hawaiian Islands to nest. Here on Kaua’i we can boast more turtle nests than anywhere in the state! This fall season it has been recorded that 19 Kaua’i beaches (360 degrees around the island) have had successful sea turtle nests. Although the true tally of live turtle hatchlings has not been published, the 2011 estimate is 500-1,000! This increase is very encouraging, yet only a few hatchlings per nest will survive to adulthood. Female often come ashore to nest, several times in a season, but will wait 2 or 3 years to nest again. Green Sea Turtles nest at night and dig a “body pit” with rear flippers She will deposit approximately 100 eggs into this flask shaped egg cavity. The female will cover the nest with sand and head back to the sea. That is the end of her parental involvement. The incubation period is 2 months. Turtles use a specialized egg-tooth called a caruncle to break free of their shell and then use teamwork to climb to the surface. The journey to the ocean is when the turtle hatchlings become affected by environmental hazards. Vehicle tracks and marine debris are some of the physical threats caused by humans, but by far the lights...
Na Honu Kai – Pacific Green Sea Turtle

Na Honu Kai – Pacific Green Sea Turtle

The Kauai South Shore Snorkel trips have been awesome this month and I am amazed at the sheer number of turtles we see underwater. Often there are more animals than people! I have been swimming for over 30 years in Hawaii and have seen a tremendous comeback of this threatened and once very endangered species.  Click here to read Captain Tara’s Article on “Hawaii’s Oldest...