One Cool Thing: Marines Having a Shell Of A Time in Hawaii

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Sanchez

Marine Corps Base Hawaii is going all out to protect …. green sea turtles.  Yup.  For the first time, this year the training base had endangered green sea turtles nesting on one of its beaches.  So the team of wildlife specialists on the base marked the nests with posts and used orange tape to keep training and other activities at least 100 yards away.  One of the natural resource managers there explained, “As this was unprecedented, the environmental division was quick to ensure further observation and protection measures for the identified nesting sites.”  They protect boobies too — red-footed ones — another species of special concern that the base’s team of biologists has been studying for decades, monitoring, tagging and tracking them to learn more about nesting habits.  We are glad to see that even as they are training to defend our nation, they also are committed to protecting the environment and have found a way to do both.  Oorah and Semper Fi!

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