Turtle Hanky-Panky!!

Pissed off turtles!

Pissed off turtles!

The day was beautiful and the conditions perfect!  I ran into a paddling friend on the way out and we paddled down to the boat ramp together.  There were a lot of people down there already, but it is Sunday after all!  There was an immediate turtle line of three turtles…..turtle triangles and groups of four to six, all surfacing at the same time!  We were surrounded so many times that I lost count!  Bumpy and Lizard were there too, along with other turtles of all sizes.  In all there must have been over twenty turtles today!  We saw something odd……I paddled over….and it was two turtles mating!  Yep, one was clearly on the back of the other and I wanted to get a picture…..but suddenly the turtles spooked and soaked me with splashing water (that’s the picture up top!   Apparently they didn’t want their private moment photographed!  Every one who saw what happened, was laughing!  I did get a photo of one of the smaller turtles though and they are difficult to catch in a photo.  The pontoon snorkel boat came in and dropped off their snorkelers and then it was very crowded.  I decided to head back and two more turtles popped up as I passed Kam II!  The conditions stayed perfect and on my way in at Kam I, another turtle popped up too!  My swim was short because the visibility is not very good right now but it sure was a beautiful 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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