It was a spectacular morning on Maui today. Sunny skies, mild breeze, clear water and calm, just the way I like it! The sky was so clear that the island of Lanai was visible as well as the very top of Haleakala. Just a beautiful December day! I was greeted by a turtle just as I paddled out. The turtle surfaced a couple of times and then dove under, so I continued on down to the boat ramp. It was so nice and calm down there, and I spotted two turtles right away. I quickly paddled over and sat in between them! Then two more turtles surfaced out farther so I paddled out there. I sat between those two turtles also! Then TWO MORE turtles surfaced farther south and I got to sit between those two as well! Turtle #8 popped up and it was “Spot” coming to visit me. Then a few minutes later, turtle #9 zoomed past me, popping its head up briefly, and I realized it was “Torpedo Head”! Now I just needed to look for “Lizard” to complete my day, but no luck. Suddenly the wind started to come in from the south and the surface of the water changed so I decided to paddle back. Just as I was passing Kam III, another turtle surfaced, and while passing Kam II, two more turtles surfaced! I paddled in the wind all the way back and it was still breezy when I went out for my swim. I was swimming south, towards the reef, when I ran into a small turtle going north, so I turned around to swim with it. That little bugger swam so fast he was ditching me! Just about the time I was going to give up on catching up with it, a larger turtle came swimming in towards me. That was the first time I had two turtles by me at the same time when swimming! I turned south and swam with the large turtle for a distance and then it out swam me and ditched me too! I don’t think that has ever happened before, but I tried not to get offended! It was hilarious. I swam down to the reef and enjoyed watching the fish for a while and then swam back. The wind completely died down on my way back and the ocean got very glassy and nice. What a beautiful day and fourteen turtles too!!