CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 23 . . . . February 17, 2012
Maya, 14, snuck out every morning on her kayak to check on some sea otters no one else knew about. Then one day she got caught as her mom was awake to find her missing. Her dad and older brother, Saul, who are fishermen, were home, too. She thought her dad would go easy on her since he taught her how to kayak, but she was wrong. He told her there would be consequences if she went out adventuring again. However, this warning would not stop Maya from checking on the otters the next day.
Maya ventured out again to the bay where the otters were. When she saw her father and brother approaching in their boat, she made for the shore and hid. Right away, another boat pulled up next to her dadís with men in it she did not know. To Mayaís surprise, one of those men jumped into her dadís boat to hit him and to steal his boat. After Maya rescued her dad from the cold water, she quickly learned that those strange guys were poachers taking sea urchin out of season. The coast guard agreed to help out with Mayaís plan to catch the poachers, and, as it turned out, the poachers were no strangers at all.
Dana L. Coates is a grade 6 teacher in Norway House, MB.
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