I watched the sun sink in the horizon;
It was time for it to visit other places.
The gulls that squawked all day finally took wing
And roosted on the land that I would dock on shortly.
The lapping waves started to die.
Sweat stopped dripping from my tank top.
I decided to nap before I embarked on my homeward sail,
But before I put my hat over my face,
The fins began to appear.
The boat rocked with every rolling current
As I slowly fed my net into the swirling aqua sea.
I watched as the floats drifted off,
Knowing the next time I would touch them,
I would be hauling hundreds of shrimp onto this deck.
I leaned against the cabin window,
I thought of my beautiful family:
My wife and son.
This was for them.
A large mob of gulls swarmed around the boat:
There must have been something in the water.
Spitting tobacco overboard, I began to pull in the net.
Inch by inch,
Foot by foot.
It was too late.
She was already gone.
A dead Vaquita lay mangled in the mesh,
Lifeless and dripping in blood from the lacerations.
I sat down on the deck and began to cry.