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NOAA scientists request public help tracking honu for annual count

Published: Jun. 29, 2018 at 9:50 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 30, 2018 at 11:59 AM HST
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NOAA scientists are requesting public help counting sea turtles. (Image: NOAA Fisheries/Willem...
NOAA scientists are requesting public help counting sea turtles. (Image: NOAA Fisheries/Willem Staman)

HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Every Spring, honu, breed and nest on the shores of Hawaii, and NOAA Biologists are asking everyone to keep an eye out for honu, including some with numbers on their shells.

Biologists etch a temporary number on turtles during the summer field survey. The number can last up to a year, and helps scientists identify each individual turtle.

Biologists with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association want people who see honu to take a picture of about 10 feet away, and record the location where it was found.

People can then email the report to NOAA and post the picture to social media using the hashtag #HonuCount2018. The annual project helps biologists understand green sea turtle foraging habitats as well as their migration and distribution patterns.

Those wanting to help out with the count can email their findings to NOAA biologists at RespectWildlife@noaa.gov.

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