This morning was the annual Great Whale Count where volunteers count how many Humpback Whales are in local waters. The way most people were dressed you might think it was winter in Maine rather than 72 degrees on Maui. But for us 72 degrees is frigid.
Someone has been stacking stones along the seashore.
I love it when a wild sea creature chooses to interact with me. Mammals are the most likely to show an interest in me, but sometimes Rays do as well.
This morning two Manta Rays swam by underneath me before one of them swam up toward me. It showed its underside and swam around me three times, close enough to touch. Yes, I was nervous, but also thrilled.
It didn't seem to mind me swimming along with it for the next half hour and even came back up for another dance.
Winds are blowing Kona today, which means that instead of the usual Trade Wind direction (coming from the northeast) they are blowing out of the southwest.
Big 10,000 foot high mount Haleakala is to my immediate northeast, so it normally blocks the weather brought in by the trade winds. Usually it is sunny, dry and warm here. But today, showers have been continuously passing through, and rain has been alternating constantly with sunshine. How strange for us. One minute it is pouring rain and the next it is sunny. But at least we have been getting lots and lots of rainbows.
The Maui Pink Cap Swimmers inducted a few of our crowd into the wild cliffs experience this morning. I was surprised at how willingly they allowed themselves to be led into some crazy areas. It took me years to work up that kind of courage.
It was spooky this morning swimming through a debris field of whale bones which stretched a quarter of a mile underwater.
The reason I felt unsettled was that only a few weeks ago this was a whole humpback whale, and lots of large Tiger Sharks left nothing but clean bones scattered about. Where were all the big sharks now?
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