About a week ago, I looked down at my lake where herons and egrets, ospreys and anhingas often fish for breakfast. It's an active pond with turtles and iguanas and a variety of other creatures as well. On this morning, I spotted a peculiar movement in the water. Then I saw a small green coconut floating like a cork.
And then I saw ... the turtle. And I thought, "You have got to be kidding me!" No, I wasn't kidding me. I grabbed my phone, rolled a short video and watched. And giggled quite a lot, as I recall. This smitten and very persistent turtle was swimming passionately toward the coconut, which appeared distinctly uninterested - and determined to get away. Who could blame her ... uh, or him. Whatever the coconut's gender, that wet green shell clearly was irresistible to this near-sighted turtle. Again and again, and again, the turtle pursued. The coconut still played it cool, though. Hard to get and all. Each time the turtle took his shot at romance with the coconut, it only bobbed away from him. At one point, the turtle actually worked the coconut against the lake's bank and gave it a go. All to no avail. Admittedly, I've seen some strange things in South Florida, but I couldn't believe this actually was taking place in front of my eyes a second time. Amazing. As before, I had to admire the sheer determination of the randy turtle - he may not possess the animal kingdom's keenest mind but he sure knows what he wants. I watched the action for about ten minutes before I had to leave, wishing the turtle better luck in future. Hey, we've each had to deal with rejection. Poor guy. As it happens, the tall palm that dropped this tempting coconut into the water is shedding fruit like crazy just now. I counted 21 coconuts on the ground only yesterday. For the sake of the near-blind turtle and any of his kind in that lake, I can only hope the coconuts stay right where they are, safely ashore. Because if very many of those coconuts somehow roll downhill into the lake, wow. I‘d hate to think what might happen.