It might be Groundhog Day….but we don’t have any ground hogs in Hawaii! We have mongooses….but no groundhogs and I don’t think mongooses predict the seasons anyway! It was a pretty perfect day, however. After days of unpredictable conditions, this morning seemed pretty perfect. The wind and rain cleared the skies of the VOG and it was a beautiful, sunny day! I paddled down to the boat ramp and was greeted by several turtles! First I saw two turtles and then three more turtles surfaced, and I glided up in the middle of them! I was so happy to see the turtles after so many days of not seeing them! Then I spotted two more turtles farther south and paddled up in between them. I had just counted seven turtles, when I noticed some activity out farther on the ocean and in front of Kam III. Then I saw two canoes out there too and the lifeguard started warning the paddlers to stay away from the whale! A whale!!!!! So I paddled closer and hoped the lifeguard wouldn’t yell at me. I stayed far enough away, but I could see the whale and it was a big one! Then it surfaced and blew out of its blow hole! The whale then disappeared and apparently had dove down because all of a sudden, I saw a huge whale tail shoot out of the water…..the whole big tail, as clear as day! It looked just like photo that someone had taken earlier in the week that was featured in the newspaper! I watched for a few more minutes and then started paddling back to Kam I. The conditions were still very nice and as I neared Kam I….when I ran into a paddling friend who had paddled north. I told her about the whale and then I noticed a big turtle swimming right next to me under the water! Then my friend spotted another turtle too. That made nine turtles for the day and one big whale! It was so exciting. I decided to paddle in and go for my swim, but the water had zero visibility due to the crazy conditions all week. I really don’t like it when I can’t see anything! I swam for a while and then came in. It was such a beautiful day and I hope tomorrow is just as nice!!