20 November 2009
Second day we were asked to wake up at 5:30am! By after breakfast and 6:15am we were off. The seas were glass flat and calm as. The early morning sun made really brilliant reflections on the water but after 2 hours of searching, we still didn’t see any leatherback turtles.
Yogi spotted the first leatherback marine turtle but no chance at an interaction. The flat calm waters made Yogi’s presence felt right away. His having bright yellow snorkel and yellow fins probably didn’t help either. The second interaction a few minutes after the first didn’t stick around for a photo either. Bummer.
Our skipper Pak Yan said when we see a leatherback and start approaching it, everyone on the boat must take off their hats. So I took off my hat. Pooh, it was hot. Pak Yan also said if there’s wind, leatherbacks don’t go away as quickly, you could even touch them! Now I wonder if he was pulling our legs.