Sea Turtle Ecology and Population Management 

Surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, we mainly see two species of turtles: Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) and Honu'ea (Hawaiian Hawksbill Sea Turtle. Honu have a healthy population surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. Despite their high abundance, many Honu suffer from a form of papilloma virus. This results in many turtles having tumor-like growths that grow at the base of their flippers, around the neck area, and on the face. Students enrolled in this course will learn how to properly identify male and female Honu and Honu'ea, as well as learn to identify and record instances of the Papilloma Virus.  This course is a partial fulfillment of the Ecological Monitoring Program and the Advanced Ecological Monitoring Plan.


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Discount: $60/day (Internship)

Approximate time for course completion: ~8 hours and 1-2 hours of snorkelling