I found myself face to face with the largest Nudibranch I've ever encountered this morning. It was at least four inches across and perhaps as much as seven inches. It was also very cooperative in that it posed quietly for my camera.
And I never would have noticed it at all if it hadn't been pointed out to me by one of Maui's very own, very real Mermaids. Thanks Peemer.
Because Stand-Up-Paddleboarding has become so popular, it is only natural that Paddleboard-Yoga should also become a hit. I have a hard enough time balancing on solid land, throw in some waves and I am totally lost.
I decided to stop and take a few snapshots of some of the neighborhood waterfalls this morning.
Today was the first day of winter and, surprisingly, the ocean seemed just a little bit warmer.
We had some first-timers with us this morning and I really enjoyed showing them around. Unfortunately, with the water far less than clear, there wasn't a whole lot to see. But at least we could (barely) hear the Humpback Whales singing.
Birds were in abundance, but mostly lots of 'alae kea (Hawaiian Coot) and the truly obnoxious ae'o (Hawaiian Stilt), both of which are endangered species.
Never visit these ponds with a headache, though. The ae'o constantly sounded off whenever I was near and I found their loud call not dissimilar to a car alarm - and it NEVER STOPPED the entire time I was there. I will not be going back ever again, at least not without ear plugs.
This morning I saw one of the largest Sting Rays that I've ever seen. But that wouldn't take much since they're a rare sight here on Maui, and I've only seen a few in my twenty-some years of swimming here.
There were also a handful of Spinner Dolphins today which briefly swam past me and my human friends.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com