Thirteen turtles & Twenty dolphins, Oh My!

Another gorgeous day!

Another gorgeous day!

After yesterday’s amazing dolphin experience….I was anxious to get out on the water, so I tried to get an earlier start on my day.  It was another perfect day with glassy conditions, so I paddled north keeping my eye out for dolphins.  There was no sign of them, so I headed south, and spotted my first turtle just outside of Kam II!  It stayed with me for a few minutes and then dove under and I could see it swimming under my board.  I continued on (still on the look out for dolphins…) to Kam III, where I ran into my second turtle!  It was friendlier than the first one, and it swam under me and surfaced next to me to take a look at me.  I hung around with that one for a few minutes and then continued on to the boat ramp.  At the boat ramp, there were two snorkelers, two kayaks and three stand up paddlers already there so I stayed out a bit farther.  My third turtle didn’t disappoint and swam right up to me!  Then two more turtles joined us with me in the middle!  Despite the number of people there, I visited with eleven turtles in all plus the two I ran into on the trip down, for a total of thirteen turtles for today!  The conditions were so perfect, with just a slight breeze blowing from the south keeping it cool, but I decided to paddle back and look for dolphins.  Just about the time I was paddling past Kam II, I saw splashes in the distance and I knew it was dolphins!  What were the chances that there would be dolphins two days in a row?  But the closer I got, the more dolphins I could see, and there was a one man canoe and about half a dozen paddlers already with the dolphins.  I paddled in their direction, but they seemed to be going north, so I just kept on paddling until I reached the group.  Then the dolphins just started hanging at the surface again, like yesterday, and flipping and splashing!  The baby dolphin was jumping out of the water and it looked like a big fish!  I found myself surrounded by dolphins again!  Then the group of about twenty spinner dolphins turned and headed south again, so I headed south too.  I could see them swimming under me and next to me and then they would surface.  I saw them tail slapping again and I saw a new behavior…..two of them came up out of the water and  were “tail skimming” the water like you see them doing at SeaWorld and then diving in!  I guess I always thought they were trained to do that, but I got to see it out in the wild, so it must be a natural behavior.  It was amazing!  The dolphins were just having a blast jumping and splashing just like yesterday!  I paddled with them down to Kam II and then stopped because I had already been out for a couple of hours, but as I sat there on my board, I heard a splash and turned around to see about five dolphins around me that must have come back!  For a few minutes, they put on a private show for me, and then they headed out to sea.  I was amazed!  I paddled in, not believing that this happened two days in a row, but it really did.  The day stayed perfect, my swim was nice and it was still very nice when I left the beach!  You know I will be looking for the dolphins again tomorrow!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-four years. I have been stand up paddling for over five years. I am married to Bob; have three grown children, five grandchildren,( two grandsons and three grand daughters.) I live in Kihei, on the South shore of Maui, right up the street from Kamaole Beach Park I. I paddle from Kam I almost every morning. I love living the island life and I love sharing my paddling adventures! Come join me! Maui No Ka Oi!
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