"Good morning." I tell them. Both a pretty much in the same outfit as I am, except Luke is wearing a green rain jacket and green cargo shorts and Gia is wearing shorts with dolphins on them and a Miami Marlins ball cap. "Are all the supplies loaded?"
"Yep." Gia replies. We head to the boat. It's not that big. Just a medium size white motor boat that says CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM on the side in blue lettering and is accompanied by the aquarium's logo which is a blue logo with a blue clipart-ish version of a dolphin tale in the center surrounded on three sides in white.. If you look closely, it also looks like a C is wrapping around the tail.
I get in the driver's seat in the boat and Gia and Luke sit in the seats next to me. Not only did I get a driver's license over the summer, but also a boat driver's license, which is very useful for today. About an hour later, Luke spots something in the water not to far away down the coast.
"Hey, look at that!" He says pointing at a large white object near the beach.
I stop the boat and look in the direction he's pointing. "Looks like a fishing boat."
Gia grabs a pair of binoculars from under her seat and looks through them at the beach. "Yeah, a fishing boat and a dolphin."
"Really?" I ask. Gia nods and hands the binoculars to me. "Yep, there certainly is a dolphin down there. Looks like something's wrong with the dolphin. Let's go check it out."
I start the boat back up and we head towards the other boat and the struggling dolphin. As soon as we're ten feet away, I see the problem. The dolphin is tangled in fishing line and a shark is trying to get at the struggling animal.
"I'll take care of the shark." Luke volunteers. "You two get the dolphin."
Before I can protest, Luke grabs what looks like a cattle prod from the back of the boat and jumps in right next to the shark, which happens to be a seven foot long tiger shark! Gia and I retrieve a couple of small scissors from a small black box in the boat and head over to the dolphin. We begin cutting the line that's on the dolphin. Unfortunately, the wake of the departing boat, the trashing of the dolphin and the battle between Luke and the tiger shark is making it really REALLY difficult.
"You didn't happen to bring your phone, did you?" Gia asks me. I nod. "Then get to the shore and call the aquarium."
"You sure?" I ask. "You know how heavy these things can get."
"I'll be fine. I'll drag him, or her, to the beach, away from this commotion."
It takes me a couple of minutes to get to the shore. The dolphin's trashing the wake of the now departed fishing boat makes it easy to fall. But finally, I get to the beach, pull out my phone from my shorts pocket (which was in a ziploc bag just in case I had to get into the water) and call the aquarium. "You've reached the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, how may I help you?" A Georgia-sounding woman says on the other side of the line.
"Hi, I've found a dolphin that's tangled up in fishing line and is possibly injured at Clearwater Beach just an hour south of the aquarium."
"Thank you. We'll send a rescue team right away." She says. I thank her and then hang up and put my phone away. I then walk over to where Gia has pulled the dolphin half onto the beach, but still enough of her (at least, I think it's a female. I don't feel right calling dolphins "it".) to splash water onto her back so she doesn't dry out. Minutes later, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium rescue teams arrives and takes the dolphin back to the aquarium so she can heal up. We head back to our boat, but that's when we notice something wrong.
"Where's Luke?" Gia asks. I don't know how to answer. I just look out to sea, probably with a puzzled expression on my face. One rescue mission has suddenly turned into a second...