OCEAN CREATURES — Many people have had the pleasure to swim with sea turtles, but since most of us have not, here's a feeling for what it's like.
Tom Delanoy, grandson of Medical Lake area resident Kenneth Delanoy, shot this video in Hawaii. It's fun to watch.
Of the seven species of sea turtles, six are found in U.S. waters: Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles, Kemp's Ridley Turtles, Leatherback Sea Turtles, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, and Olive Ridley Turtles. All Six species of sea turtles occurring in the U.S. are protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
It is illegal to touch sea turtles, as it can cause them to drown or subject them to disease.
Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Hawkbill and Leatherback are listed as endangered. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, a distinct population of Green Sea Turtles, is listed as “threatened.” This means that the species is likely to be in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range in the foreseeable future. The Olive Ridley Turtles are listed as endangered in Mexico and threatened elsewhere. Loggerhead turtles are listed as threatened.