At Punalu’u Beach Park on the Island of Hawaii, sea turtles climb onto the black sand beaches to do what it is that everyone does on the beach: relax, have a cocktail or two, sunbath, do some light swimming.
Many of these turtles have returned to the same shores for years and for generations, finding safe haven among the rocks and palm trees for their nesting sites.
People gather to watch and photograph and get frustratingly close to these sensitive animals, and it’s all I can do to fight the Yellowstone ranger in me that wants to smack people for getting just one more inch closer. Unlike elk and grizzly bears, though, sea turtles don’t usually put their tormentors in a hospital. A group of Japanese girls squeal in delight as the turtle moves slowly toward the waves, but thankfully, they keep a respectful distance.
Enjoy these creatures as they swim and waddle and bask in the warm, tropical sun, but please, leave them alone to live and love in peace.
Kat is now going to take this opportunity to plug a short article of hers, along with a wonderful photo gallery from photographer Geraint Smith. Visit Izilwane.org for some great articles about the human role in nature and why humans actually care about conservation (because let’s be honest, most of us genuinely don’t care about science).
To check out one of Kat’s awesome little pieces (more to come!), go to http://www.izilwane.org/geraint-smith1.html.
Interested in seeing more of Geraint’s photos? Visit his website at http://geraintsmith.com/.
What We Talk About!365 automobile beer Black Hills Caribbean Sea Cincinnati Downtown Grand Teton National Park Great Divide Basin harbor Hawaii hiking history Izilwane Jackson Hole Jonmikel Kat's 365 Lander life love Maine ME Mexico microbrew microbrewery New Hampshire NH Ohio Owls Head Transportation Museum Pardo Photo of the Day photography PPoD Red Desert Road Trip Rockland spring sunset The Big Island The Island of Hawaii tourism travel Tulum Washington winter Wyoming