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It is time for my final post based on my trip to Hawaii last June. I really enjoyed the trip and learning about the flora, fauna, culture, and geography of the Big Island. This post is a bit long, so settle into a comfy chair.

The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is quite large, and is not all that green. According to Wikipedia, it does have green fat under the shell, or carapace, which helped provide its name. So, why would we name a sea turtle after its fat? Unfortunately, It is due to our culinary relationship to this beautiful animal. In most places, it is now a protected species, and it certainly is in Hawaii. Poaching certainly still occurs, as does death by "bycatch" (catching non-target species in fishing nets). The sub-species in the Pacific can get quite dark, almost looking black at times. When it dries off while sunning itself on land, that is certainly the case.

I was surprised by the places these herbivores would seek out sea grass and other plants/algae. The rough and tumble water where waves are breaking near the base of cliffs or rocky shores is where I most often saw them feeding. The seemed adept at navigating those waters, but being bounced around while picking plants out from around rocks might explain why their beaks get so scratched up.

I also saw individuals in more placid surroundings, and I'm sure they can also find food in such areas. Below are the images I managed to obtain.

1. Snorkeling With A Turtle - A GoPro image. The borrowed camera had a broken viewing screen, so I was shooting blind. I though I was close enough to get a decent shot, but not the case. This image and the next were taken in Milolii Bay.
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2. Snorkeling With A Turtle #2 - A bit closer but off on the aim. After using the GoPro for stills, I would say I'll leave it for those folks shooting video. That is what it was designed for, and is better at.


3. Coming Up For Air - After foraging under the breaking waves of the Black Sand Beach or Punalu'u, this one popped up for some air and a bit of a look around.


4. Butt's Up Doc - Having a look below before heading down.


5. Sunning On The Beach At Punalu'u - When we arrived at the beach, this turtle was already settled and enjoying the sun. Someone had put four twigs in the sand to mark a "no go" zone.


6. Taking Notice - The paparazzi have arrived. A number of people were taking advantage of the photo opp.


7. Having A Look Around - Didn't know these guys have "teeth".


8. Back To The Nap - There's nothing to see here. Move along.


9. Turtle On The Beach - A different angle.


10. The Action Begins - If you could call this action. The turtle heads back down the beach.


11. So Close - The turtle and the wave meet.


12. Color Change - A little water makes the subtle coloration show up.


13. Last Shot - And the last evidence I saw of the turtle.


I hope you enjoyed the slow paced turtle action. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Cheers!

Ken



Oct 28, 2013 at 02:56 AM
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Great set Ken

Morris



Oct 28, 2013 at 03:06 AM
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Very informative Ken...I've seen these guys all over be beach on the Big Island and never get tired of them. Can't say as I've ever seen the green fat....and hope I never do.
Eric



Oct 28, 2013 at 03:14 AM
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Love turtles. I've tried underwater shots but it's a completely different craft, requiring flashes and usually scuba gear. It's extra tough with snorkels. On the beach is a lot easier for us land based types!! Don


Oct 28, 2013 at 03:46 AM
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A very nice set Ken, but I do think you should have used a higher shutter speed for the action shots... ~ Ron


Oct 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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Very nice and interesting set, Ken. I like the close up shots best
Socrate



Oct 28, 2013 at 02:14 PM
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Cool shots Ken, well done
David



Oct 28, 2013 at 08:40 PM
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Great set. Love seeing turtles.


Oct 28, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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a sweet job on the turtle Ken


Oct 28, 2013 at 09:05 PM
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Hi Ken,
I am on my comfy sofa with popcorn bring on the show!

Very nice story!!
Five and Nine are my pixs! But I really love Nine

Thanks for sharing!
BeeBalm





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morris wrote:
Great set Ken

Morris


Thanks Morris. Appreciated.



Oct 29, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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eyelaser wrote:
Very informative Ken...I've seen these guys all over be beach on the Big Island and never get tired of them. Can't say as I've ever seen the green fat....and hope I never do.
Eric


Agreed. No fat for me either. I only saw 1 on any of the beaches - this one. A bunch in the water though. They are neat to watch for sure. Thanks for commenting.



Oct 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM
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DonGut wrote:
Love turtles. I've tried underwater shots but it's a completely different craft, requiring flashes and usually scuba gear. It's extra tough with snorkels. On the beach is a lot easier for us land based types!! Don


Thanks for stopping in Don. I'll not be happy with my underwater shots until I get the right gear, but unless someone else is willing to pay, I likely won't ever be happy with them. I have some better stuff coming up (not from Hawaii).



Oct 29, 2013 at 12:32 AM
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One nit, Ken.
Your "butt shot" is actually its head, I think .
A wonderful set!
I've only seen them in the water, where their colors are darker.
They look much different when they dry out.
I like them all, but the close-up images are particularly good imo.
Charlie



Oct 29, 2013 at 01:36 AM
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Great set Ken ! Underwater shots must be very difficult to say the least.

Birdie



Oct 29, 2013 at 02:28 AM
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Nice set, I like snapping turtles they make good soup.

Norm



Oct 29, 2013 at 02:37 AM
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very cool ken! i have also been to that beach but as it was before i really got into photography, i didn't walk anything nearly this nice. i like the low shots in 6 and 7, its nice to see them from the level that they see the world (at least while they're on land).

dorian



Oct 29, 2013 at 03:38 AM
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surfnron wrote:
A very nice set Ken, but I do think you should have used a higher shutter speed for the action shots... ~ Ron


Ah, the wit (not to be mistaken for the Karl Witt). Thank you Ron. I always appreciate your comments.



Oct 30, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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Shasoc wrote:
Very nice and interesting set, Ken. I like the close up shots best
Socrate


Thanks Socrate. I appreciate you taking the time to view.



Oct 30, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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That is a great encounter Ken! Wow they are huge, with all that motion you did a good job

The commentary was great, the last two images are my favs

Karl



Oct 30, 2013 at 01:58 AM
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