Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat

“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.

You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sea Turtle Rescue

 
 
 








 



 
Roopa and Varsha wanted to see a sea turtle, well we all got to see a sea turtle and more. Not long after leaving the marina one of the ladies spotted a sea turtle. I looked over to see the turtle and noticed its left flipper caught in a net. Then the turtle dove and we lost sight of it. We circled the boat around and looked for a long time before finally spotting the turtle again. I didn't want to get too close with the boat.  I had Roopa drive into the wind and I set the bow anchor.  She put the boat in neutral and I slid over the side of the boat with my knife. I swim towards the turtle which seemed to take forever. When I got close everything seemed to go fast.  Something bumped my leg and the turtle dove.  Then I dove to get the turtle and started feeling for the back of the shell. My hand caught the net it was trapped in. I pulled the net up and realized it was a landing net for fishing. This turtle was swimming around with this landing net with a 6 foot handle. I used my knife to cut the net and the turtle swam quickly away from me.  I swam back to the boat where Roopa and Varsha helped get the net on the boat. It was quite the experience for all of us. Roopa did a great job driving and Varsha took pictures of the whole thing with her camera. They were both very calm and did a great job. We all got to see a sea turtle and will not forget this experience any time soon.
 

16 comments:

Susan said...

Holy smokes - well done to all three of you!

Dinna R from NY said...

You are Wonderful!! Thank you!!

Martha Dehne said...

Wow! Talk about being at the right place at the right time!! Job well done! Martha :)

Liz said...

Wow! Amazing- thank you!

Nancy said...

That is one lucky turtle! A very happy ending to a great adventure, one you and the young ladies won't forget! Well done, Captain Brian and crew!!

theshellking.com said...

Well done Captain!

jfor said...

Awesomely good deed!!!

Janet from IL said...

Yikes! Do turtles bite? Congrats on a job well done!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Brian - that was amazing! Nicely done.

Did you keep the net to hang on your back porch? Wow - what a cool story.

Shelllady said...

WOW That's AWESOME Capt. Brian!! Like Martha said, you were certainly in the right place at the right time!! You're a Hero!! Thanks Capt. Brian!!
Shelllady

Moira said...

KEWL!! What an experience! This is just another reason why we love you so much - you are the best!! I agree with Kim - keep the net and showcase it with your other finds!

Karen Blackford said...

Well done good Captain! Friend of frigates & champion to the turtle! Amazing pictures.

Anonymous said...

Brian, thanks for taking us on the excursion, and we will definitely remember this trip!! - Roopa


Alpa Goswami said...

great job, i am glad there are photos! wish i was there! - alpa

Anonymous said...

amazing! i wish i was there, but i'm glad there are photos! - alpa

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

Your are amazing, Capt Brian! I have been so busy that I'm just seeing this post. I am greatly impressed with your compassion for all living creatures. I'm sure the ladies will never forget their adventure with you! Looking forward to our next shelling adventure with you, coming up soon!