Mellow Day and Fifteen turtles!!

Hey buddy!

Hey buddy!

Wow, what a mellow day it was on Maui today!  Calm ocean conditions and no wind is how it started out.  I paddled down to the boat ramp and although there were several people around, fortunately they all either moved on or out.  I ended up having the place to myself!  I initially spotted a turtle down near the boat lane and paddled down, but the turtle disappeared.  Then I heard a splash and turned around and there were two turtles floating on the water behind me!  I whipped my board around and eased in between the turtles.  They both hung around for a few minutes and then they both dove under me and I could see them swimming around under my board!  The water is so clear right now and the colorful coral is so fun to look at, along with watching the turtles.  After the initial three turtles, there was a lull with no turtles for a while, but then they started to come up!  I sat in a couple of turtle triangles and between a few of them and some of the turtles were so friendly!  A couple of the turtles swam down to the nose of my board and just stayed there.  I was afraid I was going to clunk them on their shell, but they both dove down just in time!  Just as I was about to leave, three turtles surfaced and I recognized one of them as “Torpedo head”.  Two of them stayed, but Torpedo head just kept popping its big head up and diving under!  That’s how I knew it was Torpedo head!  I was feeling very happy with my fifteen turtles for the day and with a breeze starting to blow from the north, I decided to head back.  Paddling back was a joy!  The day stayed mellow all the way through my swim too.  What a nice day!

 

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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