By my sixth day on Gili Meno, off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, I’d seen so many sea turtles, I was beginning to get a bit bored with them.
So I slapped myself around the face (a bit hard to do in water) shouting, “Get a hold of yourself woman! You’re swimming with TURTLES!!!!!!!” (a real challenge through a snorkel, let me tell you).
A few years ago, on a snorkelling trip in Turkey, I’d spotted a turtle way down in the depths of the ocean, and totally freaked out trying to get Tyrhone’s attention whilst not losing sight of the enormous, wonderful creature. I was beside myself with excitement, but Tyrhone’s crappy hired mask filled with water, resulting in a rather pitiful display that did not look dissimilar to drowning.
He missed the Turtle. I was upset for him, I really was, though I suppose my continuous boastings of “I saw a giant sea turtle and yoooou did-ent!” were a little cruel. His only revenge was to call a me a liar and discredit my turtle-sighting altogether.
Yes, we’re quite a competitive couple.
So in the interests of laying this “Who Has Seen Turtles and Who Has Not” round to rest once and for all, I present to you:
Close enough for you?
Glug, glug, glug…
Yes, that’s me, and yes, that IS a turtle down there!
Now, now, Tyrhone, don’t try to come back with the “I Saw Panda Bears And You Didn’t” line (Tyrhone’s in China, in case you hadn’t heard) because I’m all over that. I just booked my flights to Beijing, after Indonesia.
But if you’re really nice, I may bring you to Gili Meno some time. The hire-masks are much better here, I promise.
Thank you to my friend Katherine for providing the use of her waterproof camera!!! Such a good idea if you are planning a visit to Gili Meno, but even if you don’t have one, go! Just go! Book a cheap airfare to Indonesia here.