We were not far from shore when we saw an animal going into the water and starting swimming toward the open water. A fast glance through the binoculars showed that it was a deer, a young buck, horns just as long as its ears. We got a little closer and kept watching. To our amazement, this young buck swam from the mainland shore toward Vancouver Island! He clearly saw us but the presence of two humans on a boat did not distract him from the direction he had chosen.