...or perhaps several photos in a series can tell the story with a 'happy ending'. At least I hope so!!
As Bud and I were out for our morning walk along the boat channel used by fishermen and boaters to head out to sea, I spotted an older woman, on the opposite side of the jetties, in the channel water?!!! This looked like a mighty dangerous thing to do. The huge boulders that make up the jetty on both sides are slippery with seaweed, moss, and the current can be treacherous at times when the tide is rushing in. Or the wake from the boats speeding along can topple you over and there is a high chance of drowning or being pulled under. I, of course had my binoculars and camera ready for any bird activity, but the curiosity got the better of me. She was out there all alone. What was she doing? Am I witnessing a suicidal attempt? She remained on the rocks. in the water, barely moving, looking down...
I then realized she had something in her hand. A turtle. Closing in on the situation, Bud and I saw that the turtle was tangled in fishing line!! Trapped and unable to swim.
She was trying to rescue it. Eventually another 'by-stander' climbed down the slippery boulders and assisted. Here is the story with no words----
---just a 1000 or more words come to mind as the rescue was a success and free at last!!
At the moment she released the turtle, freed from the trap, and it slowly began to make some headway, stressed as it must've been, the woman touched her heart, threw a kiss and bid farewell! She climbed out, sat on the boulders looking out in the murky water for a long spell...deep in thought. Hope her heart and act of kindness allows her to feel good by her selfless task, putting herself in danger to save an innocent creature!! Bittersweet. May the turtle live a long, carefree life!!