This one is for all the animal lovers out there. At Fury Water Adventures, we spend our days at sea in total rapture of Mother Nature and all of her bounty. If you’ve joined us, you know what I’m talking about. There’s nothing like hopping back onto our catamarans after snorkeling and excitedly sharing stories about all the amazing marine life we see. When we spot a pod of dolphins or a loggerhead turtle en route, it never fails to give us a thrill.
When we see an animal in distress, it’s heartbreaking. And for those of us who spend time on the water day in and day out, we’ve all seen it. Whether it’s a sea turtle, a manatee, or a bird. Fortunately, we’re not totally helpless in these cases, especially since we have the amazing people at the Key West Wildlife Center who nurse these animals back to health and release them into the wild.
A few weeks ago, Marius and Riaan were out on the Fury Flyer for a parasailing trip and noticed a juvenile osprey in distress. They managed to fish the little fellow onto the boat and called Key West Wildlife Center before they were even back to the dock at the Margaritaville Marina.
They kept us posted with the little birds progress, reporting that he arrived weak and underweight. They gave him a little time to rest so as not to over stress him and then administered fluids. Later in the afternoon, he was able to ingest liquified fish and showing signs of improvements. By the next day, he was much more alert and able to stand on his own. Basically, the little fella wouldn’t have survived if it wasn’t for the rescue by Marius and Riaan.
It’s not the first time that we’ve worked with the Wildlife Center and it’s a number on every captain’s speed dial in case we see an animal in need of help in the water. We’ve even had a jet ski crew member rescue a little dog who fell off of a boat moored by Christmas Tree Island.
Enjoy the pix of this pretty bird, and we’ll continue to keep a look out on the water! Great job Marius and Riaan! And we salute the work the good people of the Key West Wildlife Center do day in and day out.