Every snorkeler wants to see turtles. On more touristy islands, resort operators feed the animals to keep them in a certain area, but on St. John the turtles go where they want. If you want to see them you have to find them. I didn’t actually see one until my 4th trip to the island at a little roadside beach not particularly known for turtles. I was really excited to get my first turtle pictures!
The next year, I was back on St. John again with additional family members this time. My daughter and I got up early and finally figured out the secret of how to find the turtle herd. We followed them for an hour or so as they grazed in the turtle pastures of sea grass. Then we had to go back again the next day because the other two members of our party wanted to see the turtles too! That was when it finally dawned on me that watching turtles is a lot like watching cows, except that cows don’t have to come up for air every 20 minutes. So then we started taking pictures of each other.