A small green sea turtle swims beneath the waves at the world famous "Banzai Pipeline" surf break.
This is our frequent basker we named "Bubbles", who is somehow still alive... She is one of about a dozen FP honu we're monitoring.
stranding with shark bites and fibropapillomatosis
fibropapillomatosis and entangled (it took me ~15 minutes to get all of the line off, as it was totally wrapped all around the tumors, head and flippers)
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 808 725 5730 during business hours, after hours 808 288 5685.