Beautiful Day and Nineteen Turtles!!

oodles of turtles!

oodles of turtles!

It was another beautiful day out on the water, except today there were some clouds mingled with some early cane smoke and even some VOG had drifted in!  The water visibility is great though and the paddling conditions ideal.  Just as I paddled out, I spotted a turtle under the water near me, so I paddled over to it.  We turned circles together a few times and then it was time for me to continue with my workout!  I paddled south and at the boat ramp I was all alone and had the whole place to myself!  I spotted two turtles out farther so I paddled out to them, but as soon as I arrived, one by one, the turtles disappeared under the water.  I paddled farther south and ended up sitting for a while!  It was so perfect, I couldn’t imagine where the turtles were.  Pretty soon, the lull ended and there were plenty of turtles!  I sat between turtles, cruised up into turtle triangles, and was surrounded by turtles a few times too!  I saw “Torpedo Head” today and “Mini Torpedo Head”!  They came popping up around me a couple of times.  Soon I had counted about seventeen turtles at the boat ramp and I headed back.  While passing Kam III, I ran into a paddling friend.  She had paddled north, up by Cove Park and she told me she saw quite a few baby turtles!  I’m sorry I missed that!  The conditions were so nice that it was hard to come in from paddling, but I wanted to swim too.  On my swim, I saw a small school of Ulua (about five of them), and Flounder (hiding on the rocks trying to be invisible….)….and then a huge turtle came swimming by so I took off with it!  The turtle was so big that its head seemed to be the same size as my thigh!  It was beautiful and I swam with it until I realized it was taking me out of my comfort zone and too far out!  I swam in closer and the turtle disappeared.  All in all, my turtle count for the day was nineteen (counting the turtle I swam with….) and that is a very good day!!

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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