Double Turtle Encounter!!

Buddy!

Buddy!

It was a perfectly gorgeous June day today with just a hint of VOG and just a comfortable breeze blowing.  I encountered some loopy-type swells as I paddled out, but the ocean calmed down by the time I was passing Kam II.  Even Lanai has been visible the last couple of days!  I didn’t see a single turtle on my way down to the boat ramp,  but once I got there, the turtles didn’t disappoint me!  My turtle count for the day was nine turtles and a couple of them were just babies.  One of them dove down in front of the nose of my board and then popped up, banging into my board!  Then it panicked and zipped away.  I was so glad to see some turtles today since the last two days I had only seen two turtles!  Four of them surfaced as I was starting to leave the area, with me getting to sit in-between two sets of turtles!  I paddled back in nice conditions and even ran into my husband swimming!  The real excitement for the day was while I was out for my swim.  I had just been watching an assortment of fish darting around the reef when a big turtle showed up beneath me!  I kept swimming and it stayed right under me and then three or four times, the turtle surfaced right under me so I got to rub its shell! (of course I would deny that…..hmmmm..).  The turtle led me right to Kam II and then a smaller turtle swam up to me and the big turtle!  It was swimming in the direction I needed to turn, so I turned to swim with that turtle for a while.  It was smaller and faster and I had to work hard to keep up with it!  I could see that it was definitely not going to flirt with me and then it took off and left me in the dust.  Too funny!  I swam back with the “double turtle encounter” making my day and the conditions stayed nice. What a great Sunday for paddling and swimming!!

 

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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