Yes, I went flying underwater with my newest best friend, Red Marble, the majestic sea turtle.
I met him in the shallow water of Punta Carola. His shell is bigger than an umbrella and has red-orange marble marks on it that look like fireworks. His eyes are from the starry sky, and full of emotions that I felt I could read.
The moment I saw him I found myself literally crying with happy tears behind the snorkeling mask, and shouting into the snorkeling tube:”Ahhh! You!! Ohhh!! So beautiful!! I love you!! Don’t go away! Wait for me!!!” Maybe he didn’t understand and maybe he was annoyed by my frantic love, but he was kind enough to allow me following him all the way.
He took me for rounds and rounds between the big rocks, to visit his fishy friends, yellow-lip-babe, blue-shine-giant and the silver-gangs. He went up and down, waving his arms like angel’s wings and looked back at me from time to time, to ensure my swim posture isn’t too awkward to embarrass him. He showed me how he likes to scratch his neck on the rocks, and how good he is at handstand! He let me touch his back and his legs, but refused my attempt to kiss him on the cheek. I told him I’d love to go home with him, absolutely true. I risked sunburn on top of sunburn, just to stay with him as long as possible. Before he departed, he led me to see his family and his baby turtle, Gold Marble. What a gorgeous precious baby! A bit bigger than a basketball, shining with the deepest power of the Pacific ocean.
I still can’t figure out how they’ve decided to grow into such gracefully beautiful creatures. In water, only by looking at him, I knew exactly where the waves were coming and going, because we’d moved in the exact same way, because we were subject to the exact same force. Only when you have flied in the same wave with sea turtles and hundred other fishes of extraterrestrial beauty, you live with the realisation, that we, all the living beings on this planet, are together, as one. ❤
(I didn’t have equipment to take underwater pictures. So here is one from Google Image, Red Marble’s celebrity look-alike.)