More people are eager to interact with nature and some are looking for that up-close encounter with turtles.

Anthony Tortoriello is known as the "hono whisperer" on social media, where he posts photos of his turtle photography. he uses a zoom lens to keep a safe distance, but has confronted many people on the beach getting too close. 

"It happens all the time people will be sitting an inch away, sitting on them, resting on them," said Tortoriello. "They just have no guidance. The tour guides aren't doing their job bottom line they're not informing what acceptable behavior is around our honu."

Joseph Murphy is the president of the volunteer group Malama na Honu. He keeps a close eye on people swimming near see turtles.

"We're getting reports from all over the island that people are going into the water and pulling turtles out at beaches where they bask, people are sitting on them, using them for drums, pulling their tails and we're getting many many more reports than we have in recent years."

Murphy says the harassment causes harm and stress to the turtles, which interferes with their activities, even causing them to stop eating. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends observing turtles from at least 10 feet away.