About 10 individuals were observed from a boat in between the island of Molokini and the southern coast of Maui.
Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Small female green sea turtle. No tumors, but missing her right front flipper. She seemed to swim without too much extra effort. The only time she seemed to have trouble was when she had to dive from the surface. That took some extra work.
Female green sea turtle hauled up on a cobblestone "beach", showing a large tumor around her mouth.
Female green sea turtle in a cave showing FP tumors.
Watched several individuals brave the surf to nibble what they could off the lava as the waves crashed in and out.
Hawksbill sea turtle. No visible tumors, but considerable algae growth on the rearmost portion of the shell.
A female green sea turtle with small FP tumor around the eye.
Medium sized male green sea turtle with FP tumors around the eyes.
Medium sized female green sea turtle with slight FP tumor around the eye.
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.