Who knew that taking a nap on the beach could be detrimental to a turtle’s health? But that’s what’s happening.
“Basking,” a rare behavior in which green sea turtles crawl ashore for reasons other than nesting, is leaving them more vulnerable to well-intended, but disruptive human behavior.
That’s where you come in. Please show a turtle some aloha by spreading the word shared by our naturalists or Honu Guardians (Kia’i):
Turtles on the beach should be left undisturbed. When in doubt if a turtle is injured or dead, please contact MOCMarineInstitute. Take a photo and be prepared to text or email it to authorities of the Stranding Network, but be sure to stay a respectful distance from the turtle – at least 15 feet (5m).