Friday, February 29, 2008

Turtles, Turtles Everywhere at!

Turtles adorn many art pieces at! But why you may ask??

In Hawaii, turtles, referred to as honu, are considered very good luck. If you see a turtle before you enter the water for a swim or for a surf, the Hawaiians believe that you will be protected during your stay in the water. The large sea turtles that inhabit the Hawaiian waters are magical to watch. In the clear water, you can see the round figure of their large bodies, and every so often they pop up their tiny heads to grab a breathe. They are a wonderfully peaceful creature.

There are three species of sea turtles native to the Hawaiian Islands: the Green, the Hawksbill, and the Leatherback. These fascinating creatures have played important roles in the environment and culture of Hawaii's people. Of the three native sea turtles, the Green Turtle (Honu) is the most common.

These turtles, which can weigh up to 400 pounds, are primarily vegetarians. They eat algae or limu (Hawaiian seaweed) growing underwater on coral reefs and on rocks close to shore. Green turtles prefer to live near large "pastures" of limu that are located in near shore waters around the Hawaiian Islands. The carapaces (upper shells) of adults are dark with olive or gold flecks and receive their name from the color of their body fat rather than their shell color. thinks that it is extremely important to honor this wonderful creature. So, with any purchase of $100 or more on our turtle items, we will give you a free upgrade of 2 days shipping.

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