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    Posted April 15, 2014 by
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    Hawaiian Sea Turtle

    I was watching the local news here in Hawaii about a year ago, and there was a report on the North Shore of Oahu saying that the traffic jams were so bad because of one beach where turtles were--people were causing major road blockages so that they could pull over and see a turtle with about 50 other people looking at it, too. Over here on the Big Island, we see turtles all time and it's almost typical. I'd say about a third of all my snorkel days in the last 8 years have involved a green sea turtle.

    So when I got my Lifeproof case for my iPhone, I was able to start snapping pictures of them underwater! This particular turtle was sneaky. Me and a friend found a really secluded beach and went snorkeling in a shallow lagoon--it was just us and about 3 or 4 turtles. While I was busy trying to get pictures of one turtle, I caught something out of the corner of my eye, turned around, and saw another turtle sneaking up behind me! The rule is that you shouldn't come within 15 feet of any turtles in Hawaii, but when they come up on you without you knowing, there's not much you can do besides what I did--which was to scream underwater and start swimming away as fast as I could! It was great to have some time with just us and them....great beach!
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