A very memorable encounter. Barnacle and algae on its carapace. It was a tough time at the Seaway. We met a few times and were always respectful of each other, nobody making an effort to come too close. This day, as if to make friends, the turtle was waiting in 'my area', resting as if to invite me for a chat. Quite emotional when I saw it blowing bubbles. I didn't try to touch it (so tempting trying to clean it) or scare it away. With the current pushing me, I decided to leave, granting the animal some privacy and possibly encounters with cleaner wrasses. It didn't stay but followed my lead and vanished into the murky green water. I think this turtle was not enjoying its best health. Seaway fishermen casting the line aiming at it on purpose, jet skiers and speed boats probably oblivious or ignorant to the fact that it normally went for a breath in their race course. I would love to hope that this turtle survived. I saw it for a few more weeks, either from shore or under water. Most bubbles tend to burst: I haven't seen this turtle after those few memorable weeks. Maybe the food in that area had gone and it was time to move on. Hopefully to a safer place!
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