Eleven Turtles!

Hello there!

Hello there!

Another lovely day!  The ocean was not glassy like yesterday with some onshore wind blowing……and some rolling swells coming from the north…..but it was still great!  I paddled in the wind down to Kam III, where my first turtle popped up.  It might have been the same one as yesterday, who knows?  It certainly was friendly like the turtle yesterday!  After visiting with the turtle for a few minutes……I thought it best to keep paddling down to the boat ramp.  The wind has been so unpredictable lately.  Yesterday it was perfect until about 11:00 a.m. and then the wind came roaring in and never let up.  Today started out with some wind, but by the time I got down to the boat ramp……it backed off!  It was very nice at the boat ramp but I didn’t trust it.  Thankfully, the turtles didn’t make me wait and started coming right up to the surface!  First it was one by one, then there was a triangle of three, and then I was surrounded by five turtles!  Ten turtles at the boat ramp and one turtle at Kam III…….eleven was good enough number for me!  I paddled back in nice conditions but all the time wondering if the wind would come roaring in……but it didn’t.  In fact, it got nicer than when I first went out paddling!  It was hard to come in since it was so nice!  It stayed nice while I walked and nice while I swam too!  Down at the reef, I saw a very big fish that had half its body bitten off and it was laying on the bottom among the rocks.  Seeing that made me not want to stick around today!  I kept imagining whatever bit off half the fishes body coming back for the rest of it…..not exactly thoughts that make you want to stick around the reef!  The smaller fish seemed unaffected and were busy swimming around the reef.  It was a calm swim back and the wind had still not come in by the time I left!  It was such a nice day and turtles make it that much nicer!

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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