Snorkeling with Greens
We decided to go snorkeling for our first time in Hawaii. The water is so gorgeous and inviting. We were excited to see what animals we would find! And wow- we met some green sea turtles grazing in the shallows!
Green Sea Turtle Fun Facts:
- Green Sea Turtles have a smooth carapace.
- They can grow up to 5 ft long and weigh up to 600 lbs.
- The carapace (top shell) is a brown-olive color.
- Green sea turtles have small heads, but strong flippers.
- They are the only sea turtle that can be seen occasionally sunbathing on the beach.
- Green sea turtles lay eggs on the beach.
- They are herbivores. They eat sea grass, roots and algae. Young turtles are known to eat crabs and jellies.
- They are listed as Endangered by IUCN.
We enjoyed seeing these majestic reptiles in the oceans. Green sea turtles get their name from their greenish skin color. It was so excited to snorkel with these sea turtles. They are known to come ashore and sun themselves on certain beaches around Hawaii- if you visit- wave quietly and from a distance!
I remember my friends accidentally swimming with one in Hawaii. They were out having a good time when I spotted the turtle coming to play with them. He had fun bobbing around while they all snorkeled and watched him.