Caught in the tide

Remember this little guy? I was going for an early morning swim on a particularly hot day, when he floated past me on a wave. I came closer just as he went under, belly up. With cupped hands I scooped him up in one go. I carried him back to land and intended to leave him on my towel, but he took such tentative and affectionate steps on my hands that I didn’t dare abandon him. I watched as he tasted my skin with his spongy mouth and started drying his wings with his legs. Eventually he spread his wings wide and did a couple of test lapses. I couldn’t help but smile when he flew off.

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