Just like Ariel had Flounder the guppy as a BFF, Arias has Nala the sea turtle. (Named by her).
It’s not everyday you get to experience a close encounter with a large, wild animal. Well yesterday was that day for our little Arias. (Size is proportionate: this turtle is large next to our 5 year old’s body.)
Yesterday, as we snorkelled around the bay we spotted two turtles lazily eating seagrass on the ocean floor. We floated near the surface, watching and admiring. Hoping they would come up for air, coming closer to where us air-breathing-humans are forced to stay. We have taught our girls well, that when watching turtles you float motionless, so you don’t scare them away. And if you are lucky they will come up for air somewhere close to where you are and you will get a better look at them.
Seeing humans is NOT foreign to these specific turtles. We are in a known spot for snorkelling and underwater life. These turtles are extremely accustomed to seeing big blobs of fleshy humans floating above them yelling “A SEA TURTLE!!!” as this place is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. These turtles must also be used to seeing OUR faces because we swim these waters daily and have a preference for observing these two in particular.
As we floated at the surface we watched the big turtle start to swim up for air, towards Arias. We floated very still, almost lifeless. She came right up under Arias, pretty mush laying her shell in her hands!
Now I fully understand why people are not supposed to touch wild animals, it can be harmful for both parties, but I wasn’t going to yell at the turtle, “No turtle, get away from us humans” and I wasn’t going to yell at Arias “swim away from this beautiful creature that is letting something extraordinary happen”. So I let it happen, and it was amazing. The turtle stayed at the surface with her for several minutes, letting Arias pet her shell. I kept my distance because clearly it wasn’t me she was coming to visit, and I didn’t want to scare her away. Yes I was completely jealous of my five year old, that she was getting this experience and not me, but so is life.
When she dove back down, we were both excited at what had just happened and sad that it ended. Although, for a turtle to hang out at the surface, with two humans, for that long is impressive in itself. But it wasn’t over. It happened again, and again!
Three times this turtle came to hang out with Arias. She had made the decision that this child was ok. And my Mama senses felt the same about the whole scenario, it was more than ok. They were quick BFFs.
The smile on our little mermaid’s face was huge. She was in awe of this creature and treating it with such gentle care and love. Every time the turtle returned to the bottom Arias would try and join her as deep as she could dive, and although her little lungs wouldn’t let her she knew to just wait at the surface and the turtle may come back again.
I was hesitant to post these pictures because I know there will be people that say our daughter should not be touching wildlife, and getting the animal used to human contact. I know that. We have raised our girls with a big respect for nature, above and below sea level. However, this scenario was different, it was quite spectacular. It truly seemed like a extraordinary moment and I am glad I saw it with my own eyes. So say what you will, I am happy this happened.
Awesome parents – what an amazing childhood!!
Thank you. I am glad the response I am getting from this post is positive, I was aprehensivr!
AMAZING! What an experience for your little girl.
I know, I was slightly jealous, but more so super excited for her!
So very cool! I totally know what you mean by being apprehensive but have also experienced a similar encounter between my oldest son and a dolphin. The dolphin approached him and absolutely adored him.
I'm glad you see where I was coming from! The Internet can be so one sided and I didn't know if I was up for the battle of negative comments but so far it has been nothing but understanding and awe!
It's A.MA.ZING!!! But why the pictures are so small? I would love to see them BIG! Lucky Arias!!! Kisses from msyGabriela.
Sandra I don't know why they are showing up small for you, maybe you have to look at them on a computer because I posted them on the "extra large" setting
Hi beautiful family. I will like to know how can I find you on Instagram? Thank you. . Enjoy the live!
This post made my whole day in the best of ways! Thank you for sharing it. I will go to bed smiling. ❤️ Big love for the Honu.
Glad we've made you smile 🙂
WOW this is so magical, I can't believe my eyes. So cool little Arias the turtle whisperer. That's so beautiful she got to experience this.
It was so amazing to watch
When they decide to come to you it's more than OK it's absolute magic and best to accept it with a grateful heart.
We were both grateful. Arias was grateful for the experience and me for witnessing it.
What a wonderful experience and amazing photos. Thanks for sharing. She'll be a defender of turtles the rest of her life! http://sscruisingadventure.blogspot.com/
I agree she will most likely turn out to be in some sort of animal profession
That is SO awesome! How crazy amazing that she got to experience that!?!!
I agree. It was so cool
I'm glad Arias hung back and let the turtle come to her. We always try to educate our guests and friends that they should never ever chase a turtle. If you follow or chase them, turtles will stay under water longer and longer, even to the point where the turtle drowns due to lack of oxygen! But if you give the turtle room, literally to breathe, then the turtle will remain calm and allow you to hang out with them. However, I have never seen a turtle get so comfortable to visit with another human as these did! Arias must be very special.
We teach the girls the same thing. To stay calm, give them space, don't chase them, let them be. This was the first time I have ever seen anything like this. And I was so stoked I had the camera, here I brought it along thinking I was goinb to take pics of her swimming skills. This was unique and she may not ever experience it again, but glad it happened this one time.
After reading all of your blog, I do think you are raising two amazing girls. Their experiences will always be so unique, full of such fantastic adventures. Of everything you have posted, these photos are simply amazing, they took my breath away. There is incredible beauty in capturing those moments between a child and a sea turtle, so unspoiled. God bless you, your husband and your girls. It's great fun reading your blog!
Giovanna thank you so much for reading our blog. I am so happy that I had my camera with me when this happened. I had brought it thinking I was going to take pictures of Arias swimming, and then this happened! It was so amazing to watch and I know it created such a strong impression on Arias. I am so happy she got to experience this.
Wow, amazing!!! Thanks for posting!!!!
Thanks for reading 🙂
So awesome… and such mad swimming skills!! 😉
Her swimming skills are super impressive, I love watching her glide around the ocean
Thank you so much for sharing this! You are a wonderful, intuitive mother letting your daughter experience something so extraordinary (and not yelling at the turtle, "Get away from my child!" hahaha). You must be so proud to have a daughter with such a kind spirit that the turtle wasn't afraid to make her its friend. 😉
I am so proud to have sun a brave and kind daughter. And this was such an amazing moment
brave girl and nice freindship..
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