Posts tagged “Green sea turtle

A rest for a sea turtle

Honu at rest - © Christopher Martin-7028

Having been able to see a Green sea turtle swimming gracefully but using a lot of energy hunting in the reef, it is nice when they can have time to rest undisturbed.  At Poipu beach the lifeguards put up a rope with a fair amount of space around this turtle which had come up on the sand.  It slept for the most part but I had a chance to get a couple of photographs with its eyes open when one of the sounds of a busy beach reached through the slumber.  Very beautiful animals.


Swimming with a Honu

Honu - © Christopher Martin-4298

I went on a sailing trip up the Na Pali coast yesterday.  The morning was clear and we had a great trip with visits from a couple of separate pods of dolphins and a few humpback whales.  After turning around at the Kalalau Valley, the captain found us a calm cove and we had an hour to snorkel.  Halfway through the swim, I found a Green sea turtle fishing down in the coral.

Foraging Honu - © Christopher Martin-4230

 Foraging Honu - © Christopher Martin-4220

I was about 30′ above it and just floated along watching it swim and explore.  After a few minutes, it surfaced and when it turned to me, I had a second to photograph it swimming.  Soon after with lungs full of fresh air, it descended again and soon disappeared into the blue.

The descent - © Christopher Martin-4307