Thursday, July 8, 2010

turtle independence day- photos

Number two on my list of things to do before I die, was the Turtle Independence Day at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. The staff there work with Seaworld to save the endangered Hawaiian Green Turtle. They raise the tiny turtles for several years to give them a chance to grow large enough to survive some of the predators who want to eat them. They clean them up, put on a tracking chip and with great ceremony, release them into the wild. The chanting and dancing by a local group made the release more meaningful. Each turtle was given an Hawaiian name and was gently carried to the ocean on a stretcher held by children or Keiki.

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