Year of 2017

Green sea turtle in Hawaii

This green sea turtle is gliding through the water in the Hawaiian Islands, where it’s known as honu. The species has a special meaning in Hawaii, where it’s associated with peace and good luck, but its future hasn’t always been certain. The green sea turtle is listed as an endangered species and faces multiple threats, including pollution, poaching, and habitat destruction. On December 28, 1973, President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law to protect some of our country’s most at-risk species, like our turtle. Sounds like a good reason to shell-abrate.

The green sea turtle, also known as the green turtle, black turtle or Pacific green turtle, is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in the genus Chelonia. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but it is also found in the Indian Ocean. The common name comes from the usually green fat found beneath its carapace; these turtles’ shells are olive to black.
Scientific name: Chelonia mydas
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Chelonia
Scalation of carapace and plastron