Eighteen Turtles and a Ray!!

Turtle day!

Turtle day!

Yesterday ended up being very windy and I paddled for an hour but didn’t go any farther than Kam III…..I hit white caps on my way back and I didn’t see a single turtle.  Today looked much better!  Just as I paddled out a big turtle was waiting for me.  I stopped to visit for a minute, but the turtle was more interested in the old lifeguard tower that was dragged out here a few years ago and is submerged,  and now has stuff growing on it that turtles seem to like to eat!  I paddled on in nice conditions.  Half way past Kam II, a breeze picked up from the south.  It made paddling very pleasant and comfortable, like a little mini-fan blowing on me!  When I passed Kam III, another big turtle surfaced so I stopped to visit with it.  I think it was the turtle I call “Lizard”  with the strangely long tail!  Just as I was paddling into the boat ramp area, I spotted a Ray swimming just under the water!  At the boat ramp a kayak with a man and woman on it paddled up just as I was arriving.  They had snorkeling gear and the man jumped into the water.  I hoped that he wasn’t going to chase the turtles, but he didn’t seem to be finding any turtles.  Just then, two turtles popped up by me and the woman started screaming at the man to swim over by me!  He really wasn’t fast enough, but he tried.  Turtles were popping up all around…..and before I knew it….I had counted sixteen turtles at the boat ramp!  Lucky for the man snorkeling, a couple of the turtles surfaced near him and I thought he was going to flip out!  The breeze backed off and it got perfect at the boat ramp and it was hard to leave, but I wanted to avoid all the boats coming in.  Just as I was passing Kam II, the breeze started to blow again and I was lucky to get a nice gentle push back.  The conditions stayed nice throughout my swim, although the reef wasn’t as clear today as it was yesterday.  All in all….it was a pretty nice day with a total of eighteen turtles!!

 

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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