Windy and Eighteen Turtles!!

Hello there!

Hello there!

So I borrowed this photo from a friend.  The caption said that turtles all have different markings on their head like a finger print….I never knew that.  I usually identify some of the turtles by markings on their shell or certain behaviors, or by how long their tail is…..I never thought of the markings on their head!  Today was a beautiful day but it started out windy and bumpy out on the water.  I was surprised by a turtle on my way out that popped up right in front of me!  It stayed around for a couple of minutes and then dove down.  I paddled against the wind almost all the way down to the boat ramp.  Just as I was passing Kam III, the wind backed off some and by the time I arrived at the boat ramp, the conditions got quite nice.  I didn’t have to wait long for the turtles either.  I paddled right up into a nice turtle triangle!  Then one of the turtles disappeared and another turtle joined us, but this time the turtles made a line.  I was in the line with them!  Several people on kayaks paddled into the area, but stayed in close to shore.  I’m sure they could see all the turtles but they kept their distance which was nice.  A medium-sized turtle “cozied” up to my board, clicking it’s shell on the side of my board a few times!  It stayed there right by me so I reached over and gave it’s shell a nice rub.  It seemed to be enjoying the attention and continued to stay by me and then swam up around the nose of my board for a few minutes.  Then another turtle surfaced and it was SPOT (with the red spot markings on its shell….)!  A large turtle kept coming up and it had the longest tail…..it looked like a lizard tail!  I decided to name that turtle “Lizard.”  Lizard came up to visit me several times!  There were quite a few turtles surfacing today and the last one I saw swimming under me.  Suddenly the ocean surface began to get very kicked up so I figured that the wind was coming back in, and I started to paddle back.  It stayed windy all the way back and it didn’t back off until I went for my swim.  Two turtles surfaced on my way back in too, which brought the turtle count up to eighteen!  The water is ultra clear right now and I am loving it!  Even the fish down at the reef seem so happy that they water is clear.  By the time I came in, the wind was coming back in again too, so it was time to go home.  I wouldn’t be unhappy if it’s not windy tomorrow morning!!  Well see.

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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