Sunday, December 18, 2011

The best day of fishing-EVER

I've heard of salmon  jumping into boats, but never anything quite like this...    Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out  with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when  four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat

 "Once the deer reached  the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking  directly at us.  We could tell right away that the  young bucks were distressed. I opened up my back gate and  we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild  animals onto the boat.  In all my years fishing, I've never seen anything  quite like it! Once onboard, they collapsed with  exhaustion, shivering.

"This is a picture I  took of the rescued bucks on the back of my boat, the  Alaska Quest.  We headed for Taku Harbour .  Once  we reached the dock, the first buck that we had been  pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as  if to say 'thank you' and disappeared into the forest.  After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed,  but the smallest deer needed a little more help

This is me carrying the  little guy.

My daughter, Anna, and  son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet. We didn't know  how long they had been in the icy waters or if there had  been others who did not survive.  My daughter later  told me that the experience was something that she would  never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as  well!"

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