One of my favorite things about living on Maui are the green sea turtles that can be found peppering the shores of our beaches. They heave their enormous shells up onto the sand, basking in the warm sunshine while gentle waves roll up on shore, keeping their underbellies moist. Even-tempered and chill, they can nap for hours, oblivious to tourists and beachcombers who gather in semi-circles to marvel at their presence...including my friend's dog, who greets the turtles with a sniff and lick. Cuteness, squared:
On a sad note, many of Hawaii's green sea turtles are covered in tumors (like the sweet guy, above) that studies say can be linked to pollution in our waters. So heartbreaking.