Three green sea turtle emerge from the surf onto the beach. The middle of the three shows multiple FP tumors.
A green sea turtle hauled out on the beach. The third photo shows the tracks of another turtle that had returned to the sea prior to my arrival.
Large, with a colorful spiky back, in whites, browns and oranges. Possibly a spinybacked orb weaver or an asian spinybacked orb weaver of some type??? Windy day and moving web kept his/her legs close to her body.
Sanderling or Hunakai and ruddyturnstones akekeke with stilt
Male green sea turtle with considerable FP tumors. A female just a few yards away (and about the same size) appeared to be tumor free (see second photo). Both were hauled out on the beach.
Large green sea turtle hauled up on the beach. Considerable FP tumors observed externally.
Tracks on the beach near the subject indicated that other turtles hauled up recently in this same location (see photos).
Several green sea turtles with FP tumors. There were also several in the area without any tumors visible. The two largest females that I saw both had considerable tumor growth. Two smaller females and one large male in the same area had no tumor growth.
Female green sea turtle, hauled out on the beach, with considerable FP tumors.
Female green sea turtle swimming and eating beneath the breaking waves.
And a whole bunch of nerite snails.
Found on the beach....plenty also floating in the water. Found at the same place where I had sighted two turtles with extensive FP tumors on 4/14/2012.
sea lettuce, another forage fave of green sea turtles. Though, again, this alga is alien and invasive and seems to promote tumors.
infmaous invasive macroalgae "hookweed" or Hypnea musciformis. Turtles go bananas to eat this stuff, which unfortunately seems to be promoting herpes infections and tumors. The specimen on the left of the darker purple color is more saturated with nitrogen than the lighter specimen on the right.
Green sea turtle with large FP tumors, some on the head, and an extremely large one on the rear.
I was headed out to do some in-water surf photography, and ran across two green sea turtles sleeping on the beach early in the morning. Both had substantial FP tumors. There were four turtles feeding in the line up, none of those turtles showed any external signs of FP tumors.
Honu basking at Hookipa. In the last few years, this place has seen a remarkable increase in basking turtles. But please obey the signs and don't go within 5m/15ft...
Green anole on shell ginger