It is low tide and almost too hot to be outside of the water, but you scour the shores at Puako Bay for the turtles that are usually ubiquitous in these parts. This afternoon the water is so clear you can see coral and trigger fish and anemone, and a couple of sea cucumbers.

From your post, you come across a couple of shy slowpokes that are phantasms you can’t quite capture in photos. On another stretch of lava, M attracts a turn of photogenic snappers that practically pose in synchronized choreography.

You are jealous, but as soon as you decide to lower your camera, your bashful turtles are no longer boulders; perhaps even smiling, they emerge from the shade. You decide to keep the lens lowered to better receive your coy companions.

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