One of the many exciting things about snorkelling is coming across turtles. It’s strange to see them just resting on the bottom, apparently asleep, when you know they will have to come up to breathe occasionally. I found myself holding my breath without knowing, until I suddenly had to take a big breath. One was standing on the bottom at the back of a big round stingray (possibly Taeniura meyeni), also on the bottom. We swam with quite a few green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in different spots.
They don’t breed on the island, but can be seen munching on underwater plants. People are discouraged from feeding them.
A turtle we won’t be swimming with any time soon is the impressive but extinct horned turtle (Meiolania platyceps).
It would have been really something to swim with this beauty!