Gili Meno has been the real Robinson Crusoe adventure.
From cycling around a lake in the middle of this tiny island, paddle boarding and canoeing, to swimming with turtles EVERRRRY DAY.
I look very peaceful on this shot but the truth is my heart was pumping at a fast pace while I was “protecting” her.
Gary and I were snorkeling at this spot in front of our hotel, where the turtles go to feed, and when I looked up, I saw in the distance a couple wrestling the turtle to the surface while she was trying to eat, to take a picture.
I swam as fast as I could and asked them to release the turtle immediately & stop kicking the corals with their flippers.
As a marine biologist and environmental educator I tend not to be aggressive & imposing, and always try to explain the whys in a calm way to actually avoid the opposite effect, but when I turned around to do so, they were already far enough and I was out of breath. 😅
Please, don’t touch marine life unless they make contact with you. They are as curious as you but usually respect & avoid skin contact. I know we tend to think that for one person is gonna be ok, but the fact is how many people a day, a week, a month, a year might think that way?
Live and let live. #respecttheocean 💙🐢