Reported by Keiki Koral, Charina S.
Hawai'i has several organizations that help our Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu in Hawaiian). Sea Life Park, located on the island of Oahu, is a center that helps the honu. During the period of late spring (March) to late summer (August), the turtles mate. The female honu go to the sand in their sanctuary near Sea Life Park and dig a hole. There they lay their eggs. Every night during the mating season, Sea Life Park employees check in the sand to see if there are any eggs. If there are eggs in the sand, they take the eggs out of the sanctuary and put them very carefully in a safer place. When the eggs hatch, the new baby honu are tagged and within a couple of days they are released.
This is me, holding on to a baby honu. Off they go! Bye baby honus.
I was fortunate to be part of the experience in releasing the baby honus because my mom works at Sea Life Park. I invited some friends to be part of this exciting event. The were so small and cute!!!! I hope that I get to release the adorable little turtles again.