I was sitting on the small tower on the bow of my
boat, returning from a day of fishing, around Sanibel
Island when I heard a strange noise. Frequently sea
gulls and terns would follow me and they would
squawk for a free meal, but this was a different and
out of place sound. After looking all around, I finally
spotted a Cockatiel, right above my head. I stopped
the boat and the bird immediately landed on the
fishing nest in the stern of the boat. I went back and
picked up the exhausted bird and looked around.
We were at least 3 miles from any dry land, so I
carried the bird back to my little tower, placed him
in my lap, and headed for my fishhouse. The little bird
snuggled up as close to my belly as it could get and
closed its eyes. Eventually a friend who already had
two Cockatiels took the bird.
I thought of this little episode, when I saw the following article:
The Best Day Of Fishing Ever!
I've heard of salmon jumping into boats but . . Four were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage,
, by a group of locals on Tom Satre's 62-foot charter vessel. Four juvenile Alaska black- tailed deer swam directly toward the boat. Sitka.Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at the humans on board. Clearly, the bucks were distressed. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat. Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom Satre's boat, the Quest. All four deer were transported to Alaska . Once the group reached the dock, the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the harbour, swam to shore, and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance from the humans, two others followed suit, but one deer needed more help. Taku HarbourHere he is being transported by TomTom, Anna and Tim Satre help the last of the "button" bucks to its feet. They did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. The good Samaritans (humans) describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life.." I'm sure it was for the deer as well.