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Wooley Bully, one of the largest males to bask at Laniakea Beach, is approximately 40 years old. One third of his left rear flipper is missing as the result of a shark attack. In 2004, L-7 completed a 1000 mile round trip migration to the mating and nesting areas of the French Frigate Shoals. He swam to the isolated atoll in 25 days and returned hastily to his feeding grounds off Laniakea Beach in only 21 days. Since NOAA only recently began recording the appearance of male turtles at FFS, no record exists of his migration activity in the intervening years. However, in 2017, after an uncharacteristic absence from Laniakea during the spring and early summer, he returned on July 5th evidencing "mating scars" from the combat that occurs between males at the nesting grounds (all the scars have since healed). Hence, it is highly likely that Wooley was at FFS again in 2017. Wooley-Bully is another of our turtles that does not bask at Laniakea year round, usually disappearing during some of the winter months.





The Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu), a "Threatened Species," are making a comeback. Their protection and preservation, primarily through education in the spirit of Aloha, is the mission of Malama na Honu. Our efforts are focused on the North Shore of Oahu, near Haleiwa Town. Honu are protected by The Endangered Species Act and in recent years have experienced a significant increase in their numbers. More than ever, it is necessary for the education of residents and visitors alike to treat them with respect. Honu Guardian volunteers are on the beach every day to offer educational outreach about the protected species. This helps avoid inadvertent harassment and assures the honu’s peaceful coexistence on our beaches. Malama na Honu  is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, established in the State of Hawaii, and has over 60 active volunteers who help carry out its educational mission.

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