Turtle Day!!

Sixteen turtles!

Sixteen turtles!

All I could think about this morning was DOLPHINS!  I had dolphin dreams last night and I really hoped to see the pod of dolphins again today.  This is what happens when you are that distracted…….I hurried down to get in the ocean, started to jump on my board….and NO paddle!  Then I was getting out since I had to get out of the ocean, lay my board down on the beach and hike to my car to get my paddle…..yes distraction!  Oh well, it was another beautiful day with just a breeze blowing and calm conditions.  I paddled down to the boat ramp and was happy to be able to see the island of Lanai which means the VOG was gone for the most part today.  I had the place mostly to myself and although I didn’t see the dolphins…….I had a great time with the fourteen turtles there!  I enjoyed being surrounded a couple of times by turtles and even saw “Spot”…. and “Little Torpedo Head” this morning!  It stayed so nice while I was there.  The way back was calm until I reached the end of Kam II and suddenly the wind came in within minutes!  Soon there was a sea of white caps and it took me a while to get in.  By the time I sent swimming, the wind had backed off some and I enjoyed the fish down at the reef.  I was just about ready to head back when a turtle appeared right below me swimming south!  I turned around and swam with it almost back to Kam II.  Two snorkelers were trying to keep up with us too, swimming frantically right by me which was a bit annoying.  Usually this never happens!  Suddenly the turtle started to surface so I backed off, but the turtle arched backwards and came up right in front of me!  I couldn’t resist rubbing its back…..but neither could the snorkelers….so then I got really annoyed.  The turtle kept backing into me, moving towards me at eye level and was looking right at me!  I thought the snorkelers were going to have a heart attack since they were so excited.  Finally after a few minutes, the turtle dove down and continued it’s swim south.  I turned around and swam against the wind back to Kam I.  I love close encounters of the turtle kind…..but if you ask me to verify that I rubbed a turtle’s back….I will deny it!  I love turtle days too!!

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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