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Respect the Locals: Sea Turtle Selfies Are Uncool — and Illegal

State, federal officials remind public that harassing honu is against the law and can result in a fine.

·By Nathan Eagle

There’s a euphoric little scene in the animated film “Finding Nemo” where the father of the clownfish title character latches onto a sea turtle and takes a wild ride in the ocean currents.

Maybe that’s what inspired some local teens to grab a honu earlier this month in the waters of Waimea Bay.

Regardless, they should have known better than to harass a recovering species that is protected by state and federal laws, according to Hawaii Land and Natural Resources Chair William Aila.

There’s no reason anyone who lives in

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