Kona Winds and Eight Turtles!!

Akumal Bay

Akumal Bay

I just found this photo of a turtle swimming in Akumal Bay with the cleaning fish attached to its shell!  The fish somehow attach themselves to the turtle shell and when the turtle stops to eat seaweed, it whips itself around and cleans the turtles shell!  It’s so funny to watch.  Nature is so amazing!  Today on Maui,  the day started out windy……Kona wind was blowing and it was choppy paddling down to the boat ramp.  Just as I started to paddle out, I noticed a turtle swimming right under me, so I paddled with it almost down to Kam II, then I continued on to the boat ramp.  When I paddled past Kam III, another big turtle surfaced so I stopped to visit, but the ocean was bumpy.  I started begging for the wind to back off when I got to the boat ramp and amazingly, it DID back off!  I visited with five turtles at the boat ramp and then when I headed back, I ran into another turtle at Kam III!  That was eight turtles for the day.  The conditions got very perfect and I enjoyed a great swim too!  The water is so warm right now…..it must be Summer!!

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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