A Surprising Encounter

Well this isn’t something you see very often! Imagine the surprise of the people on the beach when this young Rhode Island deer came coursing out of the water and bolted away. We first encountered this swimming deer about a mile off shore swimming out toward the open ocean (surprisingly, not toward any island)! We used the boat to coax him this way and then that, until, eventually, he landed on the sandy beach and sprinted away. I have no idea what he was up to, but I was very impressed by his powerful swimming. I would guess that he was moving through the water at around eight miles per hour. Impressive!