Pirate Ship and Twenty-nine Turtles!!

Unknown paddler a  pirate ship!

Unknown paddler and a pirate ship!

All I can say is WOW!   It was a super perfect day and I planned to enjoy every minute of it.  A few minutes after I started out, I noticed three turtles hanging around the sunken lifeguard tower……then I noticed a big turtle coming up to surface right by me.  As soon as the “big” turtle surfaced, it was clear that it was actually two turtles, one on top of the other!  I think I may have interrupted a private mating moment!  One of the turtles swam away but one of them stayed there by me……and it got right up next to me and started to bump me with its shell!  A paddling friend had been watching all of this and she came over and said, “That was some aggressive bumping”…..and I had to agree!  I think that turtle might have been annoyed with me!  It was really funny!  I hadn’t even paddled anywhere and already I had seen five turtles at Kam I.  My friend and I paddled in perfect conditions down to the boat ramp and the turtle show continued!  Suddenly five turtles surfaced all at the same time and I was surrounded!  The turtles kept coming up and I was losing count.  My friend decided to paddle back and I decided to lay back on my board and enjoy the day!  I heard a splash right near my head and looked over just as a turtle was diving under!  Then I spotted a couple of turtles out farther, so I paddled out, but when I got to them….it ended up being seven turtles all together and I was ecstatic!  Now my turtle count was up to about twenty-eight!  The day was so perfect that it was hard to come in!  My swim was just as perfect too.  Down at the reef I watched a Spotted Eagle Ray searching for food and a little Yellow Tang following it to catch any leftovers!  I also saw baby Puffer fish and one big Puffer fish.  Just as I started to swim back, a turtle was swimming right at me!  I played a little “chicken” with it…….and it dove down under me and then shot right back up at me and I had to get out of the way quick!  It swam right next to me and then went around to the back of me and then dove down and shot right up at me again!  I couldn’t figure out what the heck this turtle was doing!   But then it started to swim away and as it swam…..it shot four big poop logs at me!  Oh thanks Buddy!  That has never happened before!!!!!!  It was quite a day with the 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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