31 August 2012

A Different Kind of Fish Story

Some fishing stories are a little hard to believe,
But this guy has pictures to prove his story...
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 Harbor. 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!"


threecollie said...

That is such an amazing and wonderful story!

Bob said...

It's a feel-good story, right enough. Just to play devil's advocate, though, I wonder what the legal case would be if you claimed you caught them fishing?

Sandy said...

Talk about a wonderful story. Mother Natures Precious Animals and Humans, God Brought The Two Together for a Reason.

Old NFO said...

Thanks for helping them out! :-)

Stephen said...

What a great story. I mentioned it to my wife and she didn't believe me...can't figure out why, but anyhow, showed her the pictures and she almost cried. She's such a girl....

Rev. Paul said...

threecollie, if this story hadn't included pictures, I wouldn't have believed it myself.

Bob, heh. Fish & Wildlife wouldn't have allowed it ... "taking a deer out of season" is against the rules, no matter where the deer was when you, ahem, caught it.

Sandy, agreed. It's amazing how the deer trusted humans, when they needed to.

Old NFO, the only help I extended was by posting the story. :) The "me" in the pic with the wheelbarrow is the guy telling the story.

Stephen, I understand. It's one of those stories you sometimes see in the Reader's Digest or something like that, but it never happens to anyone you know. Until now.