Saw 2 large sub-adult (or both small adult) green sea turtles resting on the bow of the Sea Tiger Wreck, south of Honolulu. Both were about 100 feet deep.
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.
Two female green sea turtles with FP tumors (mostly around the eyes-one did have a tumor on it's flipper). Several other turtles in the area (one male, two females and one juvenile) showed no tumor growth.
Male green sea turtle with considerable tumors. He did not have good vision as a result of the tumors.
Female green sea turtle with FP tumor on the face/mouth area.
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).
The aim of this project is to monitor (i) GREEN and HAWKSBILL turtles, and (ii) INVASIVE ALGAE in Hawaii. We're particularly interested in observations of turtles with tumors. Macroalgae are important food source for green turtles and may also promote disease. If you see a stranded turtle call the NOAA Stranding Hotline at 808 983 5730 during business hours, after hours 808 288 5685.