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Saved a Sea Turtle Today!!!

Well, we arrived home feeling darn good from watching the Inauguration, seeing those absolutely sweet daughters, and being completely taken by Mr and Mrs Obama...even to the point that we have hope that things can actually improve in the world.  It will take the haters in the US awhile to get used to the idea that the President is actually trying to help them, too...maybe they will turn off Rush for awhile...and actually smell the roses...

Our mood was soured when we noticed that two sea turtles were lying right in front our our place on the beach.  These wonderful beasts get caught in fisherman's nets and drown...pretty terrible.  So we were watching sadly as the vultures descended on the nearest, when he actually raised his head and shook them off.

Since, I am now so full of renewed hope fueled by the Obama-mania...I rushed down to try to save him...I noticed tracks up and around our beach where this poor guy had waddled all around trying to get  back in the water.  Low tide makes the ocean a long way away.  He was pretty weak, but the tide was now coming back in, so I carefully tried to life one side of him to get him moving in the right direction.  These guys don't have legs like tortoises do, just flippers, so with all of his weight, it is a big deal to run them through the cycle to get that much mass going...

It is downhill to the water, however, so I keep lifting, and he keeps going through one cycle.  The water finally came up to meet us, and I was able to get him a taste of the water and finally get him to swim for a couple of strokes before the tide ebbed again, and left us stuck in the sand.

When I finally got him swimming in about a foot of water, we were at the mercy of the heavy inflow of water, which pushed him back to shore, and the limited lift that the riptide gave us for getting Mr. Turtle launched.  Finally we were in about three fee of water (sometimes), and I was able to get him hydrated, and swimming, but when a big wave would come in, he would be hurled back at me as I tried to keep him from being beached again...kinda discouraging...especially, when he weights about 100 pounds, and I am trying to stop his motion with my thigh...

But, I kept trying, and soon he got the idea that he had to swim in the direction of the sea, and luckily I got him launched with a fast riptide right to the base of a big wave, and he skimmed underneath, finally emerging behind the breaking waves and swimming north. 

It was a good thing he was going sideways, because Rox shouted that the floats for the nets were right to his left, and he would have been caught again, if he had gone straight out.  We watched him swimming strongly north for a couple of hundred yards, and then he just took off...

So...there you go...a feel good story...

Now, our little Coquita had her spay operation yesterday, and had a fairly uncomfortable night, what with the pain, and disorientation caused by residual anesthetic.  Today, she is tender, but eating and sleeping, and walking on the beach on the leash when nature calls.  We are seeing her get more normal hour by hour, so we are feeling good about that...

And...it must be mating season for Iguanas, there are two of them fighting it out on our roof, and it sounds like thunder...

All in all, a great couple of days...

Posted on Wed, January 21, 2009 at 03:22PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment

Reader Comments (1)

Hey Bob and Rox, what a great story! Sea turtles, wow! Glad to hear it turned out well.
We've been busy looking for a vehicle and once we get one we're coming out your way for a visit! We look forward to seeing you guys soon. I hope Coquita heals quickly. Talk to you soon!
Holly

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

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