Sea of Turtles!!

Lots of turtles!

Lots of turtles!

It was another beautiful day on Maui today!  The skies were mostly sunny and there was just a bit of a breeze blowing from the north.  The breeze was at my back paddling down to the boat ramp, but when I arrived, the breeze stopped blowing.  Two other paddlers were paddling north while I was paddling south….so I ended up being the only person at the boat ramp!  It was nearly immediate when the turtles started to congregate…..I counted eight turtles all at once, surrounding me!  When that happens, I just want to soak in the moment, so I laid back on my board with my hat over my eyes….and just listened to the turtles swimming up to me and around me,  and splashing!  A couple of times I looked to my right and left, and saw turtles looking at me, it’s was so neat.  I couldn’t believe how many turtles were hanging around, little ones, big ones and every size in-between!  One of the turtles was “Bumpy”…. the very friendly turtle who likes to try to climb up on my board to get a rub on its shell!  I also saw “Little Torpedo Head” !  There were so many turtles that when I counted about twenty-five….I decided to quit counting!  It was quite a turtle day!  I paddled back in perfect conditions and I was pretty sure my swim would be just as perfect.  Not only was my swim perfect, but half way down to the reef I ran across a turtle swimming north, so I turned and swam north.  Suddenly the turtle began to surface right under me!  I tried to move back, but it came right up under me and brushed my chest!  Then it surfaced and went back under, but stayed right with me.  I swam side by side with the turtle, as it bumped into me along the way and honestly….it looked me right in the eye!  I gave it a few rubs on its shell and it happily swam underneath me.  This went on for probably ten minutes or more, so I was afraid that someone might see what was going on and report me!  I would just deny it.  I once heard it said that turtles don’t initiate contact with humans…..and I call B.S. on that!  It simply is NOT true and they prove it to me every day.  It was quite an encounter!  I never know when something like this will happen, but it’s always such a joy when it does!  After awhile, the turtle turned and headed out to sea and I turned and headed back towards the reef.  I got an extra swim today with one of my most favorite sea creatures!!  I am so lucky!!

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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