Laura Orozco was recently enjoying a warm, sunshine filled afternoon on the beach at Coronado, California when she came upon something truly heartwarming and magical. As the woman was relaxing in the shallows, she suddenly noticed a tiny little thing squirming and writhing on the sand, just out of reach of the water. At first, she had no clue if it was alive or just a trick of the light, but she felt the need to investigate the incident and discover the cause of the movement.
When she bent down to pick it up, she encountered something as amazing as it was unexpected: A tiny seahorse that had washed up on the beach and was in desperate need of being returned to its ocean home. It was then that the Coronado resident knew she was in the right place at the right time. She had managed to discover the plight of a tiny seahorse whose life was in her hands. It was a moment that many humans dream about, but never experience except perhaps in the confines of an aquarium or sea life exhibit.
Ms. Orozco found herself faced with the prospect of a truly magical encounter with a form of life that most humans don’t get to see face to face all too often. The tiny seahorse was at her mercy, washed up on the beach and in desperate need of her assistance. Luckily, Ms. Orozco was just the right person to be there at this most critical juncture, and was more than happy to do the right thing. What she didn’t count on was that this was the moment when a normal, every day woman suddenly seized her chance to become a heroine.
According to her own testimony, she knelt down to pick up the seahorse, and then experienced an amazing feeling as it wrapped its tiny tail around her finger. She then ran to the water and put it down, where it quickly swam away. One can only hope that the little creature appreciated the help it had been given. In any case, the timely actions of Ms. Orozco saved the day for one of nature’s most unique and amazing nautical creatures.
It seems that the tiny creature somehow washed up on the beach in Coronado at a time when many more of its kind have also been experiencing similar problems. Indeed, this has become a sadly more common problem in the wake of disasters such as the El Nino storm complex and other unnatural weather phenomena. Many animals have washed up on the beaches of Coronado and other locations, with the result that countless species of marine life are currently facing a very real threat of going extinct in the near future.
Many scientists have blamed these untimely displacements on the ill effects of catastrophic climate change. Whatever the cause may be, one thing is certain: More and more seahorses, along with other animals such as squid, sharks, and starfish, are likely to wash up on the beaches of the world. Because of the threat that they face, it is more important than ever to be on the lookout for marine animals that are washing up on the beaches all around us. More than ever, these natural wonders are in need of our help.