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What the Turtles Told Me About Resting and Waiting

Every evening at dusk on our recent holiday to Vanuatu we paddled a canoe from our island resort to a nearby reef.  Once positioned where juicy beds of seaweed waved long fingers in the tide, we lifted our paddles to nurse them on our knees and wait.  We scanned the translucent blue, drifting, silent. And then we would hear the telltale sigh or snort, the release of air as a sea turtle surfaced nearby.  We would watch their head and shell break through the salty deep to glance left, right, left and dive once more. Hubby and I would share a wordless smile. Every day these shy creatures would venture into the shallows to feed on the sea grasses at dusk and dawn.  Sometimes they would swim in reaching distance of our canoe and glide beneath us, giving a rare glimpse at their mottled backs and flippers.  But the instant we dipped our paddles back into the water to follow them or attempt to get a closer look, they would disappear, leaving nothing so much …