Green Turtle

A Green Sea Turtle in Hawaii. I have difficulty identifying animals that I don't see on a regular basis, so when I took pictures of Sea Turtles in Hawaii, I wasn't sure what species they were. I incorrectly identified this photo as a "Hawk-billed Sea Turtle" and invited anyone who knew better to notify me by e-mail. Through the magic of the Internet, I was contacted by someone in Hawaii who corrected the ID. It turns out that is a Green Turtle.

I am told that the key difference is that Hawksbills (their proper name) have a hawk-like curved top beak, a serrated shell rather than the smoother shells on the Green Turtle, which you can see better in this other photo of the same type of turtle, and they are smaller than Green Turtles. I am also told that the name "Green" comes from the color of their meat, or the fat, rather than the color of the turtle itself.

Thanks to Ryan in Hawaii for the assist!

LENS: 100-400 at ~350mm | FILM: Fuji Provia 100F | EXPOSURE: f/5.6 at 1/?" | DATE: 12/00

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