TSUNAMI!!!!! Perfect Day and 29 Turtles!!

do you see a tsunami??

do you see a tsunami??

Well, it was an exciting evening with civil defense sirens going off every hour!  I waited until midnight and when I didn’t hear the siren go off…..so I went to bed!  The newspaper was late this morning which was a drag because I wanted to check to see if the beaches were closed.  Finally it showed up about 8 a.m. and after a quick glance over the article in the paper, it appeared that no beaches were closed.  I headed down to the beach and the parking lot was pretty much empty, as was the beach, and it was such a perfect morning!  I hurried out paddling and there was no one out except me.  I spotted a turtle ahead of me half way between the buoy and the boats,  so I paddled to it.  When I got to it, the turtle was just lounging on the surface!  Then I noticed another turtle swimming towards me.  It dove under my board and then popped up on the other side of me!  I had only been out a few minutes and I was already sitting between two big turtles!  That was a good sign.  I paddled in glassy calm conditions all the way down to the boat ramp with no tsunami in sight!  It seemed I had the whole ocean to myself and I spotted a turtle right away down by the boat lane.  It disappeared, but before I knew it, the other turtles started to surface around me!  At one point I was sitting in a turtle triangle, when I noticed that one of the turtles was “Torpedo Head”, and he kept shooting his big head up out of the water and diving down.  Then he swam around me.  I always recognize this turtle and he came to visit me several times while I was at the boat ramp!  There were turtles of all sizes today, even a really little one!  I got surrounded a couple of times today, once by four turtles and another time by five turtles!  The turtles didn’t disappoint today and they seemed unscathed by the excitement of the evening before!  In fact, if anything, they were more relaxed and friendly than usual.  I stayed down at the boat ramp for quite a while and the conditions stayed perfect!  I counted twenty-six turtles at the boat ramp plus the two turtles at Kam I, which was twenty-eight for the day!  I paddled back in the same glassy conditions and about the time I was heading into the Kam I area, I heard the noisy Scuba boat behind me.  It got louder and closer, so I turned to look and the boat had come almost to Kam I!  Suddenly it veered in my direction and started to honk its horn!  I wondered what the heck that guy was doing, and then the boat whipped around and sped south.  I can only guess the guy driving the boat was trying to show off for his passengers, and probably hoping to scare me, but he didn’t succeed!  What an idiot he was!  Then I ran into a paddling friend who asked me what the boat was honking for.  I told her that he was trying to show off and be stupid!  The ocean was exceptionally calm and glassy, so we hung out and chatted about the Tsunami warning.  It was really difficult making the decision to paddle in with such perfect conditions prevailing!  I headed in and my friend headed back to Kam II.  My swim was really perfect too and while I was hanging out watching the fish at the reef…..a small turtle swam underneath me!  I swam around with it by the reef for a little while and then it headed north but I wasn’t ready to swim back yet so I watched it disappear through the water.  Now my turtle count for the day went up by one…..twenty nine turtles for the grand total!  By the time I was almost back from my swim, the wind moved in and the water got choppy.  Despite all the tsunami excitement, I found that the best time to have the beach and ocean to myself,  is the morning after a tsunami warning!!!

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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