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Green Sea Turtle
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Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Endangered Sea Turtle basking in the morning sun on the Kohala Coast, Hawaii.The green sea turtle is the largest hard-shelled sea turtle. Adults of this species commonly reach 100 cm in carapace length and 150 kg in mass. The average size of a female nesting at the French Frigate Shoals was reported in 1980 to be 92 cm straight carapace length, with an average body mass of 115 kg. This is somewhat smaller than her Atlantic cousin.

Hatchling green turtles weigh about 25 g (about a handful of Smarties) and have a carapace about 50 mm long. Hatchlings are black on top and white underneath. The plastron of the Hawaiian green turtle becomes orange or yellowish orange, and the carapace remains predominantly black with various shades of olive and yellowish gold forming swirls and irregular patterns on their shells. A small number of adult females (perhaps 3%) possess predominantly brown carapaces, with patterns of yellow, gold, and reddish brown.

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Melissa Gurdus
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    WOW!!! Very impressive portrait of this handsome sea turtle taken with sharp detail and great composition, Songbird!!

5/23/2010 10:27:15 AM

 
Songbird Cline
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Thank you Melissa, Im very fond of the gentle sea turtles. I love swimming with them... Its such fun to have them approach me when Im snorkeling and look directly at me.. Im sure they must wonder what sort of sea creature I am...

5/23/2010 1:19:40 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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Outstanding macro of this awesome seaturtle. There used to be so many at Tarpon Springs FL...near where I live... awesome sea creature, and you have captured this one perfectly. 8o)

5/23/2010 3:22:45 PM

 
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Thank you Nancy... there used to be many turtles near you?? what happened to them?

5/23/2010 3:30:17 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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In the late 50's early 60's there were so many that there was pens of them in Tarpon Springs... I don't know what happened to them. I used to love to see them, but felt bad that they couldn't swim freely... I was too young to really know what happened!

5/23/2010 3:58:49 PM

 
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o)

6/7/2010 2:13:25 PM

 
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Thank you so much, I deeply appreciate your kind words and the fact that you look at my images! Thanks for the support!

6/7/2010 2:23:16 PM

 
Sherran Andersen
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Congrats Songbird.

6/7/2010 4:07:42 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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This is so beautiful, Songbird...I love him, and them.
Pleased to see your finalist for this...congratulations!

Patti

6/7/2010 6:08:31 PM

 
Songbird Cline
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I hope the world takes a more gentle, kinder approach to planet Earth's sea creatures!

6/7/2010 6:53:43 PM

 
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Wonderful Shot, Songbird!

6/22/2011 4:05:30 PM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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Fantastic close-up, Songbird!! I love snorkeling with turtles too. :)

2/19/2012 9:09:31 AM

 
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Snorkeling is my very favorite thing to do!!

2/20/2012 8:17:25 AM

 
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