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Aloha! Happy holidays and welcome to Week 19!

I was floating out in the ocean this morning wondering what in the world I was going to write about today; how is it possible I’ve only reached 19 weeks and can’t think of anything new? Or is it just that I do the same things every day and need to expand my repertoire of activities? I have 34 weeks until this challenge is over so I better start diversifying. Quickly.

Luckily I was saved by Sol and his refusal to get in the water to look at a turtle swimming below us – I realized I haven’t posted a turtle blog. Phew. Saved for this week.

Green sea turtles, or Honu in Hawaiian, are a fairly common sight in the waters around Kauai, but it wasn’t always that way. In 1978 they were listed as “threatened” under the endangered species act, mainly due to man’s activities in the ocean. Thanks to conservation efforts and strict laws, the population is growing every year.

The Honu was thought to be the Polynesian’s guide to the Hawaiian islands; it is also a protector in mythology, watching over our keiki. As the only native reptile to the islands (still alive – the Hawaiian Skink was declared extinct in 2008), it is even more important to respect these animals and continue the conservation efforts. When you see honu in the ocean or on land, keep your distance and do not touch them. Some are very friendly and will swim with you while others are quite skittish – it’s okay to take pictures and swim nearby, just don’t chase the ones who want to get away.

We are so lucky to have a recovering turtle population around Kauai, but we need to be conscientious of their habitat. Drifting nets, abandoned fishing line, plastics and other trash have a huge impact on these animals. I’ve seen many turtles with fishing line wrapped around their necks or flippers, and one with a hook embedded in it’s skin. Picking up trash on the beaches and in the ocean, even if it is not yours, is a great start.

 

Turtle Selfie

 

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This photo “Turtle Selfie” was taken with a Nikon D750 with Nauticam housing from Blue Water Photo. I believe I was trying out my Sea & Sea strobes for the first time.

 

If this is your first visit to the Kauai Photo Challenge, it is my way of sharing my pictures of Kauai while learning more about this beautiful island where I live. You are welcome to comment or share your own pictures.

Check out Week 18 of my challenge.

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If you’re on Kauai, stop in at Creative Ohana for beautiful prints of the island from Kauai Adventure Photo, along with many other types of local artwork.

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Have a great week.

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