Hawaiian turtle `mourns` murdered companion

This video from CNN in Hawaii says about itself:

An oceanic visitor of Laniakea Beach, Kuhena the turtle paid his respects to his murdered Hawaiian Sea Turtle friend, Honey Girl.

“Science often discourages attribution of human motivation or behavior in animals – this story provides a different perspective.”

These are green turtles.

The Life Cycle of Hawaii’s Green Sea Turtles: here.

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  1. http://www.examiner.com/x-20079-Honolulu-Environmental-Policy-Examiner~y2010m3d8-Turtle-from-French-Frigate-Shoals-on-Kauai-may-be-ill

    Turtle from French Frigate Shoals on Kauai may be ill

    March 8, 8:06 AM

    Honolulu Environmental Policy


    Don Heacock, DNLR biologist, examines green sea turtle on Kauai Sunday

    Patricia Sullivan

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    Green sea turtle from French Frigate Shoals on Kauai

    Update: A 300-pound, approximately 50 year green old sea turtle who was originally located on French Frigate Shoals on the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and was sighted on Kauai on Wednesday may be ill.

    Don Heacock, aquatic biologist of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has been monitoring the female honu’s movements and appearance since last week when he was notified by concerned citizen Angelica Mia that she had come ashore in Hanalei Bay. “This is significant. We can’t be everywhere; the public is the eyes and ears of the community. If it wasn’t for her calling us, we would probably not know that the turtle was here.”

    The honu, who was not emaciated, appeared to be demonstrating natural basking behavior, Heacock reported on Wednesday. Since that time, Heacock, St. Regis Princeville staff, marine animal emergency response volunteers and concerned onlookers have been keeping a watchful eye for signs of distress.

    Tagged F-788 17 years ago on French Frigate Shoals, the turtle has not been identified on Kauai since then. “She may live here; the surfers may know her, but we haven’t been able to identify her until now” Heacock noted Sunday.

    Heacock is arranging a complete medical inspection of the honu early Monday, as she has not moved since early Friday morning when she returned to shore after beachgoers pushed her into the Hanalei River. The honu does not appear to have external injuries, but may have been sick when she beached herself last week.

    It is imperative to call wildlife authorities if you encounter an injured or stranded turtle. Human nature often compels us to push a dolphin, turtle or seal back into open water when it has hauled out on the sand, but doing so could be a death sentence for the animal. Although Hawaiian Monk seals’ and turtles’ natural behavior is to haul out, bask and rest on the beach during the day, it is best to notify authorities so they may determine the animal’s health and document the individual.

    The Turtle Stranding Hotline is NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fishery Science Center at (808)983-5730. The Hawaiian Monk seal hotline is 808-983-2958.

    Green sea turtles, as well as other marine animals, face a number of hazards to health and safety including but not limited to marine debris such as plastic bags which are often mistaken for jellyfish, ingestion of plastics, water-borne bacterial and viral infection, ingestion of fishing hooks and gear, boat strikes, human interaction, and deliberate hunting and killing.

    The green sea turtle is significant in Hawaiian cultural history. In some creation myths, the world was created on the back of the turtle. Traditional Hawaiian management provided a buffer on the number of turtles harvested based on the kapu or taboo system. The legal killing of green sea turtles ended in 1978 when they were listed as threatened on the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Under this act, it is illegal to harass, harm, harvest or sell green seal turtles.

    Other ways in which you can also help prevent injury to turtles: (1) Keep the ocean free of trash and debris, (2) Do not leave fishing gear unattended, (3) If a sea turtle becomes entangled in your fishing gear, help to release it, and be sure to remove any trailing line, (4) If you see a honu in the wild, do not attempt to touch, grab, or feed it. This could cause distress to the turtle.

    Click to access FINAL_Green%20Sea%20Turtle.pdf


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