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Sea Turtle. (superfamily Chelonioidea) | by Bernard Spragg
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Sea Turtle. (superfamily Chelonioidea)





Brutus, a 35-40 year old adult male, was one of the first turtles in 1999 to repeatedly bask in the sun at Laniakea Beach. Weighing approximately 166 pounds, L-1 was the first turtle to receive PIT ( Passive Integrated Transponder ) identification tags in his rear flippers. He spends as much time on the beach as he does in the ocean and is known to visitors from around the world. It was on a blustery March 15th evening that he came ashore, having lost half of his back flipper to a tiger shark, thus he was given the Shakespearean name from Julius Caesar " e tu Brutus, beware the Ides of March." Over the years he has been hooked, entangled, and nipped by predators, yet trusting enough to continue basking almost daily at Laniakea. He lives up to his Hawaiian name, Nalukai, "the one who has endured the storms of life."


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Taken on November 12, 2013