Take a look at this huge sea turtle captured by a few divers off the coast of Mexico! Which type of turtle do you think this is?! Let us know in the comment section below!
Notice how the divers do not touch the turtle while swimming or filming it. this is very important that we do not touch any turtles we see in the ocean. Disturbing sea turtles can cause changes to their feeding habits as well as their mating habits. It is actually against the law to touch or harass sea turtles in Hawaii, doing so will you a $1,000- $10,000 fine! 😳
Just remember, pictures are perfectly okay, but prefrain from disturbing, touching, or otherwise harassing sea turtles. Below are some guidelines for safe, legal, and considerate viewing of turtles and other marine animals from NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, and the State of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources.
"1. Remain at least 100 yards from humpback whales, and at least 50 yards from other marine mammals (dolphins, other whale species and Hawaiian monk seals.)
2. Observe turtles from a distance.
3. Bring binoculars along on viewing excursions to assure a good view from the recommended viewing distances.
4. Do not attempt to touch, ride, or feed turtles.
5. Limit your time observing an animal to 1/2 hour.
6. Marine mammals and sea turtles should not be encircled or trapped between boats or shore.
7. If approached by a marine mammal or turtle while on a boat, put the engine in neutral and allow the animal to pass. Boat movement should be from the rear of the animal."
What should I do if I see a turtle in danger?
If you see a turtle stranded or wounded or to report suspected violations, call DLNR: 808-587-0077.