Eighteen Turtles!!!

Nice day!

Nice day!

It was another really nice day on Maui today.  Not quite a spectacular as yesterday, but still very nice.  The ocean wasn’t glassy like yesterday either, which made me wonder if the wind was going to come up soon, but I wanted to paddle down to the boat ramp anyway.  I started out and ran across a big turtle right outside of Kam I!  I stopped to sit for a minute and just watched the turtle swimming around until it headed out to sea.  The skies were mostly sunny today and temperature mild and very comfortable.  When I got to the boat ramp, a turtle was waiting for me, but it didn’t hang around very long.  The conditions got very glassy suddenly and it was much easier to spot the turtles.  I had counted up to nine turtles……. when suddenly I was surrounded by five turtles all at once!  It was just me and all those turtles!  I decided to lay back on my board and just listen to them swimming around me.  That went on for a few minutes and then one by one, they disappeared.  Then I spotted a turtle out farther so I paddled out.  It was “Torpedo Head”!!!  I haven’t seen that turtle for a while and I just sat there while it shot its head out of the water and dove down several times while circling me!  Before I was done, I had counted seventeen turtles at the boat ramp plus the one at Kam I, which made a total of eighteen turtles for the day!  I paddled back in ripply conditions, but the wind still had not come in.  By the time I swam, the water was bumpy and the wind was coming in and out, but the visibility was still very good.  It wasn’t as nice as yesterday, but it was nice enough!!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-three 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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