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Face-to-face with a shark — wait...sea turtle

Turtle swimming through seagrass
  • Turtle swimming through seagrass

Low Tide at the Lagoon

Low Tide at the Lagoon

It was different today. I couldn’t get anywhere near where I usually enter the ocean, so I had to walk through business districts, hike a trail, and climb down a different cliff to get to my secret beach. Today, the secret lagoon was at super low tide, and as I was putting on my goggles, two full-sized spotted stingrays in six inches of water started swimming toward my feet. I scared them away with my fins. Strange, because I never see that species of ray regularly.

Then I started swimming and I saw tons of hound sharks and baby leopard sharks, also something I never see often, especially at this lagoon. All of a sudden, a big wave came and kicked up the sand, so the visibility went to zero. I was swimming in mud.

Out of the murkiness this shark with spot patterns I didn’t recognize emerged right in front of my face, and I screamed. It stared at me for a little bit. This made me feel uneasy because there was almost no visibility, and sharks usually swim past me.

It took me a second to recognize I was face-to-face with a sea turtle. I swam with it for the rest of my swim, despite the fact it kept swimming farther and farther out through zero visibility. I had no clue what else was lurking out there. I followed it, and it let me stay close to it. I was able to pet its shell and swim side-by-side with it.

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