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Old 01-17-2014, 07:04 PM   #1
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Feel-good fish story of the year

You guys up in Alaska and the PNW may have already heard this story, but I received it by e-mail just yesterday. Wow, what a story. Text and photos below are right from the e-mail.



A once in the history of mankind kind of thing. The Best Day Of Fishing Ever! 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 on board, 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 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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Old 01-17-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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Thank you healhustler. I`m faintly nervous knowing your photoshop skills, but what amazing 2 way empathy.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:15 PM   #3
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Good point, Bruce. That boat probably has a green hull and no flybridge. I'm not falling for that again!!
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:27 PM   #4
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We once rescued an exhausted young currawong, a medium size native bird, doing a fair imitation of butterfly with its wings to get ashore. No pics, so it didn`t happen, but it did. Lucky deer.
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:13 PM   #5
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No Photo-Shop....Honest. OK, yeah, I guess it's do-able, but I didn't do it. Maybe someone else did, but not me.
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It's the real deal. The Alaska Quest is moored here in Port Ludlow, and the deer episode really did happen just as they said. Happened in 2010, I believe. Toured the boat last week. Wow. Nice boat to cruise and liveaboard.
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:54 PM   #7
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Healhustler, I believe you.
We just had another instance, in current 40C+ weather, of a distressed wild koala accepting a drink from a water bottle. Pic, yes, but beyond me to post it. Animals in trouble turning to humans, we must be doing ok in the wild animal world.
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Video taken by a fishing guide friend of mine. No he didn't invite him on board.

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Video taken by a fishing guide friend of mine. No he didn't invite him on board.

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I share the bias that there is something more civil and lucid about inviting innocent, fragile looking creatures vs. aggressive predators aboard ones boat.
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