Kissing Cousins~

Beautiful Maui,

has beautiful critters. (Red Crested Cardinal)

Did you know? (Spotted Dove)

Birds are close relatives, (Myna Bird)

to turtles?

I certainly didn’t know, and neither does this baby myna!

Turtles seem to know everything, (Green Sea Turtle)

so this friendly guy,

who swam right up to me, probably wouldn’t be surprised.

We even have a colony of green sea turtles living in San Diego Bay. Check them out, they’re beautiful.

Swimming hole coastal Maui. (Click/tap to enlarge).

We are flying off soon to Canada, but it is still:

Cheers to you from Maui~

For more info on turtles and birds: https://news.yale.edu/2014/05/05/study-finds-turtles-are-closer-kin-birds-crocodiles-lizards-snakes

144 thoughts on “Kissing Cousins~

  1. Great shots Cindy ! Love your Red-crested Cardinal, have not seen one of these on here. The Spotted Dove and Common (Indian) Myna are also found here, but the latter is a introduced pest they have tried unsiccessfully to eradicate. Love your turtle pics.

  2. It is a beautiful land Cindy, as are its resident animals. I’ve not heard before that Trump wanted to repeal existing environmental and vulnerable species protections that were in place during his time. I shake my head, why would anyone remove them, of what could they possibly gain? Maybe we should do the same to any who want those removed, we’ll see how they like no protection, I know many who would treat them accordingly 😀

  3. Turtles and birds are related?? I didn’t know that, Cindy! Gee, it’s amazing what a person can learn by reading interesting blog posts, isn’t it?!

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  6. The dino must be the common link.

    The coastal swimming hole, Maui … they are better known as blowholes over there. Get too close, or into them, that’s make sure your life insurance is paid up.

    • There was a blow hole near the swimming hole. I had seen it before. There was one in La Jolla where I grew up. It has quite a current pulling you into it when the surf is up დ

  7. Maui looks awesome!👌 That was news – Myna birds 🐦 related to turtles 🐢 😀 Isn’t nature an emigna?!! The turtle looks so lovely in the water, relaxing and content😀 Have a great trip to Canada! 🇨🇦

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