Green Sea Turtle

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Green Sea Turtle

Uploaded: May 23, 2010 10:12:42


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.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/16000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D90


Melissa G. Meiselman May 23, 2010

WOW!!! Very impressive portrait of this handsome sea turtle taken with sharp detail and great composition, Songbird!! #1271567

Songbird Cline level-classic May 23, 2010

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... #8630687

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic May 23, 2010

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) #8630776

Songbird Cline level-classic May 23, 2010

Thank you Nancy... there used to be many turtles near you?? what happened to them? #8630789

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic May 23, 2010

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! #8630834

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic June 07, 2010

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8671939

Songbird Cline level-classic June 07, 2010

Thank you so much, I deeply appreciate your kind words and the fact that you look at my images! Thanks for the support! #8672031

Sherran Andersen level-classic June 07, 2010

Congrats Songbird. #8673067

Patti Coblentz June 07, 2010

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

Patti #8674363

Songbird Cline level-classic June 07, 2010

I hope the world takes a more gentle, kinder approach to planet Earth's sea creatures! #8674973

Wm Nosal June 22, 2011

Wonderful Shot, Songbird! #9474761

Martha R. Mazon level-classic February 19, 2012

Fantastic close-up, Songbird!! I love snorkeling with turtles too. :) #9990413

Songbird Cline level-classic February 20, 2012

Snorkeling is my very favorite thing to do!! #9992085

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