© Debra Curran


Uploaded: November 23, 2005


11/15/2005 4:32:28 PM, Big Island of Hawaii
Shutter 1/250
Aperture 7.1
ISO 100
Lens 55-200mm
Focal Length 200mm

I had an close encounter with this beautiful giant sea turtle as I fell on a rock walking out to look at a tidepool. I never even saw him until after I fell. He was about 5 feet away. A local told me the turtle must have been my 'aumakua, because the turtles never let people get near them. An 'aumakua in Hawaiian culture is a guardian spirit, and often takes the form of an animal.


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