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Bucket List Experience [Exuma]
BY GIRL WITH HER VIEWS
I have a never-ending list of things I want to see and do in
my lifetime and swimming with wild sea turtles happened
to be one of them.
When I heard that there was a spot in Exuma where you
could see and swim with turtles I was sold immediately. We
took a short boat ride from February Point to an unnamed
cove nearby. We were told we could see these elusive wild
turtles up close and my enthusiasm grew.
We sat quietly and threw small bits of squid in the water to
try and attract any form of sea life. After about 20 minutes
without any coming to surface, disappointment fell in.
Then, finally, a few moments later they decided to trickle in.
At first we fed them squid from the boat but I thought,
“Nothing beats actually being in that beautiful water with
them”. I did it! I jumped in!
I was so amazed by their size – never realizing how big they
really were. There they were. Two adults and a mid size
turtle that, in my mind, I made a family. It took them some
time to get comfortable with me before I could go closer.
Up close and personal with beautiful creates that inhabit
the Exuma waters.
The small turtle followed me back to the boat as I swam
back making it so emotional for me to leave him behind.
Though this was an unforgettable experience I was able to
cross off my list, I’ll be sure to travel the sea again to find the
under water family.