Perfect Paddling!!

What great paddling conditions!  It was actually a bit windy earlier but it backed off nicely just in time for me to get in an hour paddling session.  It could not have been nicer out on the water!  I paddled south towards the boat ramp and decided to go all the way down.  The snorkel boat was just leaving too….. Great timing!  I wasn’t sure how long I could hang out since it had been windy once already.  Finally a turtle surfaced and I paddled over to it.  It dove down just under me and kept teasing me acting like it was going to surface, but then didn’t!  I finally gave up on the turtle and paddled back.  It was still so perfect!  I hated to come in but I wanted to swim.  A few minutes into my swim…… Just south of the lifeguard tower…. I spotted a turtle.  When it got closer my heart sank.   The turtles front right flipper was tangled in red fishing line or net and the turtle couldn’t swim with that flipper!  The poor turtle was working over time swimming with just the left one.   It really upset me!  Without the use of both front flippers…… The turtle is really vulnerable to predators.  When I came in from swimming…. I reported the turtle in distress to the lifeguard.  He said he would call NOAA to make an official report.  I hope someone helps the turtle get free!

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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