Ten Turtles, A Stingray and Fish!!

It was a beautiful Riviera Maya day!  The whole area has been suffering from a massive seaweed influx from some crazy current and I’ve never seen this situation here in the five years we have been coming here.  Apparently the seaweed has been affecting every area and so far…. Tulum has been the worst!  The usually pristine beaches of Riviera Maya have been overwhelmed with mounds of seaweed and although the Mexicans are trying to clean it up……. It has them overwhelmed.  The beach in Tulum is unusable and un swim able!  What a drag.  Thank goodness for cenotes to explore and swim in!  Today we decided to go to the beach in Akumal and to our delight….. The seaweed situation there had improved!  There was still seaweed….. But there wasn’t as much in the water and the water was very clear.  I had such a great time!  I counted about ten turtles, I saw a stingray and lots of curious fish.  One big turtle was so friendly.  I floated on the top just watching the turtle munching sea grass….. And three times it surfaced right in front of me!  I rubbed its shell and it floated right next to me,  looking right at me before diving down to munch more sea grass.  I couldn’t believe it kept doing that!  Then a tour guide with a group of tourists descended on me, surriundung me and diving down to chase the turtle and go crazy with cameras and GoPros!  The turtle was bothered!  The turtle started to surface straight up!  Right into me!  I was trapped by all the snorkelers and was trying to move out of the way of it trying to surface but people were too crazy trying to get photos!  The turtle bumped right into me on the side and the next thing I know….. The tour guide grabs me by the arm and tells me I’m harassing the turtle!  When I tried to explain about the snorkelers, he said he was going to file a complaint with the Policia!  Then he told me to get out of the water!  Oh yeah buddy…….. Right!  I don’t think so!  I just swam away.   What an idiot!  Well it was a great day……. EXCEPT for that incident!  Tonight is our last night in Tulum and then we go back to the Vidanta Resort until Sunday.  I can’t believe our trip in Mexico is almost over!  Adios!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

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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