This masked booby wants you to know: it’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument’s 11th anniversary!
The monument protects over 580,000 square miles within and around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Within its waters, you’ll find more than 7,000 marine species, including the threatened green turtle, pictured here. Plus, 14 million seabirds representing 22 species visit each year to breed and nest.
Forget the tortoise and the hare—sea turtles were built for speed! Paddling their blade-shaped flippers, they power through the ocean as fast as 15 miles per hour, leaving sea hares in the dust, er, bubbles.