Medium sized green sea turtle with FP tumors around the mouth and eyes. Several other turtles were seen in the same area at the same time and had no tumors.
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.
Green turtle napping on the beach at sunset. Big Island, Hawai'i, USA.
Satellite tagged female nesting on big island of Hawaii. Successful night!
A male green sea turtle with FP tumor around the eye. This was one of several turtles foraging very close to the shoreline on limu that was detached from the rocks and sitting in low lying areas of the bottom. Two turtles (one female, and this male) had tumors, another female foraging with them who had no tumors. In the second photo, the untumored female can be seen behind the male. The third photo is of the female, who has some small tumors on her neck, and is missing most of her right front flipper.
Dive sites Turtle Bluffs and General Store (swam from one to the other), max depth 82 feet/25 meters.
No visible tumors.
Female green sea turtle missing a front flipper.
Male green sea turtle with FP tumors.
Cyrus Perry of Trilogy ecotours got these images of a tiny juvenile hawksbill that was entangled in a ghost fishing net off Maui.
Thanks to Kyle Ellison and Cyrus and all the good folks at Trilogy. Keep up the good work!
See full youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrZw8ksIN7M
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.