Fifteen Turtles!!

What a perfect day!   Except for the Vog that has crept over from the Big Island.  Every time the trades back off…. the Vog creeps in.  It makes my eyes water and itch and if it persists long enough I get a cough….. no fun.  If I can’t see the island of Lanai….. I know it’s bad and no sign of Lanai today.  Hopefully it won’t last long!  Other than that…… it was a perfect turtle day!  I paddled down to the boat ramp and although I could see turtles hanging around the ocean bottom (water was super clear!)…… I had to wait until they decided to come up.  Well they did!  Fourteen of them and eager to pose for pictures!  It was so much fun….. but I worried about two of them.  One had tumors by its mouth….and another one seemed be taking labored breaths of air (but no apparent reason).  The rest of the turtles looked very healthy thankfully.  Even Bumpy showed up to say hi!  We were having the best time until a guy paddling by decided to be a stupid ass. I think he was showing off for his friends…..yelling at me saying to stay away from the turtles!  Telling me I wasn’t giving them space?  What a stupid idiot!  The turtles were surrounding me and they had all the space they could want….. they don’t come up otherwise!  I told him where to go…… yup…. and to mind his own damn business!  He must have been jealous of my turtle party.  Too bad for him!  Anyway….. his bad “ju-ju” didn’t ruin our day.  It stayed totally nice all the way back and throughout my swim….. and yes….. I ended up swimming with another turtle!  That made fifteen turtles for today!

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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