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Kilauea: Mountain of Fire

Green Turtle Recovery Program

Kilauea’s lava flows have created a fertile feeding ground for turtles just offshore. Green sea turtles are drawn here by bountiful seaweed and the black sand beaches that are a favorite basking ground. Hunting and egg harvesting nearly brought the turtles to the brink, but marine biologist George Balazs runs a conservation program that has been tagging turtles since 1978.