The Medina River is home to all sorts of unique wildlife, including turtles. I was down at the river with my niece. I decided to don my snorkel gear and do a bit of looking around. I wanted to see just how fast I could go while wearing flippers, when I saw something green and small flapping around. It was a baby turtle! I drifted towards it to have a better look. The turtle turned around to see me, did a 180° and paddled like mad towards the river bank. I pursued, and kept a careful eye as to where it went as he took refuge behind some cypress roots.
I slowly approached, hands ready to snatch up my find. I carefully reached around the roots and silently vowed not to shout in pain should it bite me. You mustn’t forget to keep your mouth shut when your head is underwater…
I felt for a shell and plucked it up. When I reached the surface, I called my niece over to have a look. She, of course, was as excited as I was, and immediately wanted to hold it. She also named it Sherbert.
I didn’t have my camera on me, so we ran back to the house so I could get some photos.
We then began walking back to the river to set him free. At this point, I noticed how disgusted the baby turtle appeared because we took him from the river.
We set him free and he quietly paddled away.