Let’s just get one thing straight: I love turtles. For realz. In fact, at 20 years old I got a sea turtle tattooed on my back because of my love for turtles and Mackinac Island. So, this may come as no surprise to you that I literally jumped at the opportunity to swim among the turtles.
|Photographer: Stacy Hall|
Fortunately, our resort concierge shook some sense into us. “You must go to see the sea turtles at Akumal. There is no excuse.” Deflated, I mentioned my concerns that there were no turtles until November, when the sea turtles at Akumal hatch. Wrong! We were mistaken. The sea turtles, in fact, live there year-round and spend their days eating the sea grass on the bottom of the ocean floor.
So we set out to Akumal Bay equipped with cheap snorkel gear, we made our way towards the beach. As we were going in we got lost in the confusion. A bunch of people were going out as we were going in, but I kept repeating “turtles! turtles!” A man walking towards us asked, “are you here to snorkel with the turtles?” YES! He continued, “there are a lot of them out there! Have fun!” and pointed us towards the beach.
I have another confession to make: I’m not a very skilled swimmer.
No, really. I am what you would consider a “newbie” swimmer. Water splashing in my face, leg kicking, awkward arm movements, they’re just not for me. My doggy-paddle game, however, is.on.point. I am becoming more comfortable IN the water. Progress. I’ve actually started to learn how to move in a given direction when I swim. My sense of direction, however, is very questionable. You win some, you lose some.
As we were swimming out we headed towards where most of the people seemed to be congregating off the beach. That is usually a dead give away on how to find sea turtles at Akumal. After swimming out far and getting closer to others snorkeling, we made it out just far enough. Suddenly, a head pops up. Our first turtle! He was moving fast, but we didn’t get to him in time.
We swam out further for a bit, while learning to acquire some patience until suddenly another head pops up. Another sea turtle. We got closer ended up hovering right over the turtle:
I got to swim among the turtles.
Have you ever had the opportunity to go snorkeling? If you could swim with anything what would it be (whale? dolphin? turtle? crocodile? shark? mermaid?)?