Discovering marine turtles of French Polynesia …

Let’s discover a majestic creature living in the Polynesian waters, the turtle called in Tahitian “Honu”.

We do not know much about this oviparous animal, but it is facing the threat of extinction. There are now only 7 species of turtles living in the oceans and 5 can be observed in our islands: the Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), the Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), the Green (Chelonia mydas), the Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea).

In our waters, we can principally encounter the Hawksbill and the Green turtles. They can be easily observed on certain dive sites, especially on the Tuamotu atolls as Tikehau or Rangiroa, but also in Moorea and Bora Bora.
In French Polynesia, turtles are protected, their catch and consumption are totally prohibited.
There are 2 care units which gather and care for hurt, unwell or illegally owned turtles. In Bora Bora, Le Meridien hotel has set up a structure since 2000 and in Moorea The Sea Turtles Clinic was created in February 2004.

Numerous awareness raising actions with the people, in particular with the younger ones, are conducted to protect those amazing marine creatures!