On my bucket list for this trip after seeing my daughter was to see my friend’s the sea turtles. ✅ mission accomplished!
I decided to venture in to the freezing cold water. As much as I love the ocean – I am terrified of getting attacked by things such as Sharks or Eels. I was only slightly afraid of the eels – I felt safe from sharks. I have been in the water near Sea turtles and have never been scared of them until today.
Kelly and Donovan bought floats for the beach- good call- with the freezing water! They let me borrow the green tube. Or should I say the giant turtle bait.
The turtles saw this huge green thing and thought for sure it was good. They quickly came over and I was surrounded. I was screaming in terror. To say I made a scene would be putting it mildly. I did manage to get out of the tube to the safety of shore.
It didn’t help that before I got in the water Kelly warned Donovan that one of the turtles is known for nipping people in this location. The thought of a turtle bite did NOT sound fun.
I don’t really know why I was so scared. I have had many encounters with Sea Turtles and it always fills me with such Joy when I see them. But today- I felt like they were actually coming to get me. And they kind of were- as they really were interested in my green Tube.
After I got out of the water we saw people feeding the Sea Turtles grass. It is a Crime in Hawaii to touch the Sea Turtles. Feeding the turtles like that is a perfect recipe for making Turtles come to people expecting food. Creating more turtles that may nip people. Although my story is funny- it really would hurt to get bit by a sea turtle. And it is upsetting to see people behaving in a way that will ultimately hurt the turtles.
After writing this I did a little research and I found pictures of a girl on a green Alligator float who got bit by a turtle- The photos will give you an idea of what I was experiencing. She did make the mistake of attempting to pet the turtle- which definitely could have made it feel more threatened. Regardless- it is possible that the green float is a factor. I know- I will not be using one in a beach known for turtles
As we were getting ready to leave the beach we saw humpback whales. Very exciting!!! It was so great to get to enjoy nature- even if I had a brief moment of being scared. I find that when traveling to Hawaii I enjoy the days like today more than the expensive activities. It helps to make traveling to Hawaii affordable.
I did go to my shave Ice stand to get a Açaí Bowl. 😀
More pictures from today