Video Showing Woman Sitting On Sea Turtle In Hawaii Goes Viral

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Video Showing Woman Sitting On Sea Turtle In Hawaii Goes Viral

The woman was told several times to move off the sea turtle.

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A woman on Maui was recorded on video apparently sitting on a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) at Ho'okipa Beach Park, and in spot of several calls for her to move off the reptile, she apparently went about her business, apparently sitting on the turtle's flipper, until she picked up her boogie board and walked back toward the water.


a woman sits on sea turtle in Hawaii.

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The woman in the screengrab apparently was sitting on the flipper of a sea turtle who had hauled out on a beach on Maui.

The video was captured by Oriana Kalama, founder of the environmental group, Ocean Defender on Maui. The group posts on its Facebook page and other social media what it sees as negative interactions people have with the ocean and the animals that live in it.

The video is not all that clear, but Kalama told that the woman was sitting on the sea turtle.


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Hawaii has been a focal point for questionable human/sea turtle interactions in the last few months. The green sea turtle, or honu, are, like all sea turtles, a federally protected species. While the state doesn’t have any specific laws with regard to the distance people must keep from the reptiles, it is advised that people stay 150 feet away from the reptiles so as not to stress them out.

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