Circle of Life

The circle of life continues here in Akumal, where I picked up a baby turtle that I found on the beach covered with flies, thinking that it was dead. Some birds had attacked him, and his body seemed very limp, but he squirmed went I picked him up. I knew from his wounds that he wouldn't survive. I brought him to the water and sat with him, so he could feel the ocean at least once. He looked at me with those deep, knowing, sea turtle eyes, and I felt so sad that he wouldn't make it. 

The last moments of life for this baby sea turtle in Akumal. 

The last moments of life for this baby sea turtle in Akumal. 

On a happier note, yesterday Michael and I witnessed an amazing school of about 50 large fish, all swimming in formation in a circle around us, during our daily snorkel trip. We also saw about 4 turtles, and I caught a glimpse of a huge Spotted Eagle Ray before he flew off into the depths. We also saw a tiny bright blue and yellow fish that was gorgeous. 

There was significantly less plastic on the beach this morning than usual. Perhaps the currents have changed? Luckily, I brought my camera with me this morning, so I experimented with some photos and self-portraits on the beach. This first photo is of a large piece of driftwood that I have fallen completely in love with. If I could fit it in my luggage, I would take it home. I literally had a dream about this exact piece of wood hanging in a bright, white, new apartment, with cathedral ceilings. Maybe that will be my new home in the future? From different angles, the driftwood looks like a sea turtle, a crab, and a bird. 

Sea turtle drift wood. 

Sea turtle drift wood. 

Self portrait in the morning sun. Loooong legs. 

Self portrait in the morning sun. Loooong legs. 

Sun rising over the ocean of Akumal, October 11, 2014. 

Sun rising over the ocean of Akumal, October 11, 2014. 

Self portrait with dead fan coral. 

Self portrait with dead fan coral.