We just saw a huge-ass sea turtle!!!
We're staying at a hotel right on a national park/beach that's a nesting ground for leatherback ocean turtles. We're practically the only ones on the beach (there's only one other hotel on it, and only one other couple staying here), and we didn't see anyone as we crept outside in the pitch night. The beach is officially off-limits after 6pm this time of year.
About 100 meters from our hotel, we saw a dark trail in the sand, and at the head of the trail, heading back toward the ocean, an enormous blob. It was six feet long and five feet wide, and probably would have come up to my waist-- this was a *huge mound* of something, 20 meters away from us. We weren't sure what it was though, because low-tide had receeded the ocean by over 50 meters.
I froze. Johanna inched closer, and the creature moved at her and hissed. We thought it was some kind of ferocious jungle predator and started running, before we stopped, shaking with the anticipation and knowledge that we had a real-live-honest-larger-than-imaginable ocean turtle that could probably swallow us just by looking at us.
I tried taking a picture, but all I got was a screen of black. We went back and got Johanna's camera, and in those few minutes, the turtle had gone another 20 meters and perched on the edge of the water. Johanna's camera did no better than mine. So we have no proof, but it was awe-tingling and majescredible. I would never have believed the guidebooks' claims of a "miracle of nature", but I would never thought I'd see a sea turtle either.