At first I thought he was dead, lying in the sand motionless, his massive shell covered in barnacles. I floated above him for a few moments. He must have felt my presence and, like Rip Van Winkle waking from his nap, this ancient loggerhead sea turtle began to stretch. He turned his head and looked at me, somewhat dazed. And so I let the quiet current take me, not wanting to disturb his peace.
Coral reefs hide just beneath the waters all along Mexico's Riviera Maya coast. Coupled with clear, warm waters, they provide an excellent place for scuba diving and snorkeling. In some areas, the reefs are protected, providing a safe haven, not only for endangered sea turtles and a myriad of fish and underwater sea life, but also for the reef itself. In this day when it seems we are losing this natural treasure at an alarming rate, it's good to see measures being taken to preserve this natural wonder for generations to come.