Scientific name: 
Chelonia mydas
Distinctive features: 
1. One pair of plates between eyes. 2. Olive to dark brown shell with plates that do not overlap.

Known as honu in Hawaiian. Green Sea Turtles are the only commonly sighted turtle in Hawaiian waters. Some populations have been inflicted with fibropapillomatosis (FP) tumors. If you'd like to know more about why REEF is including sea turtles in our surveys, click here: