Herbivores of the Sea
The green sea turtle, also known as the green, black, or Pacific green turtle, is one of the largest species of sea turtles and has a wide population distribution throughout the world’s tropical and subtropical seas. There are two distinct populations in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but they can be found throughout the Indian Ocean as well. They are unique in that they are the only species that are strict herbivores as adults, feeding mostly on algae, seagrass, and seaweed.
Due to their preferred food of choice, seagrass, they are often encountered by snorkelers and divers in sunny, shallow waters where seagrass grows best. Scuba diving alongside of one is always special as you watch them soar gracefully through the water. These turtles are particularly significant in Hawaiian culture where they are seen as sacred creatures. Known as “Honu,” these animals symbolize good luck, endurance, and a long life. If you would like to dive with these majestic creatures, click here to find the best dive sites with them.