The Hawaiian green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is one of seven sea turtles found world-wide. The life history of a Hawaiian green sea turtle begins with emergence from a nest (hole in the sand) where the turtle egg was laid, along with up approximately 100 other eggs. The majority of green turtles that inhabit the Hawaiian Islands lay their eggs in the French Frigate shoals, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. However, some turtles also choose to build nests on the beaches of Kauai, or other main Hawaiian Islands. The young turtles, if they survive early predation, will grow to 12-14 inches long over the first decade of life. At this time they begin to appear in the main Hawaiian Islands to feed. They do not first reproduce until the age of 25-40 years old! They will then lay eggs every 2-4 years throughout their adulthood, up to the age of 70-80 years old. These large, beautiful animals, weighing 200-400 lbs each as adults, are often seen on basking on beaches or feeding on seaweeds in calm near-shore waters throughout the Hawaiian Islands.