In a totally unexpected day at the North Shore of Oahu, Charlotte and I parked the car to snorkel....and found ourselves in the middle of a huge, I mean HUGE, gathering of giant sea turtles. And, when I say in the middle, it was basically Charlotte and I swimming with so many turtles, we had difficulty stepping or grabbing at anything that was NOT a turtle!
It was nature as I have never seen it! Turtles eye-to-eye to us...we touch them, they flick us with a flipper! We were so stunned, I had to pull myself out of the water to grab a camera and catch it so we would be believed...the only glitch was that, as I depleted the battery on the camera, Charlotte truly became "turtle girl" when she was surrounded by easily 8-10 turtles that just hung with her, rolled with her, nibbled on her, played with her...it was freakin' unbelievable!!
As an audience gathered for "Turtle Girl", she was the focus of many cameras and conversations (I kicked myself for not having a video camera!) but, of course, Charlotte and her ten turtle friends earned the interest of those who patrol the beach protecting turtles...so they broke up "Turtle Girl and Her Boys," but it was the experience of a lifetime while it lasted.