Crossing The Toral Sea

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~ Crossing the Toral Sea ~
When Chad and the Sobeks reached the ocean they met up with Fred, a massive, three thousand year old turtle. The Sobeks introduced them, knowing it was Chad’s only chance at making it across the Toral Sea alive.
After Chad explained his story, Fred agreed to take him, stating “I’ll take you across as long as you follow my instructions exactly.”
Fred said, “There will be lots of obstacles, but there’s nothing this hard-shelled swimmer hasn’t experienced.”
Chad climbed onto Fred’s shell and the beginning of their journey was very pleasant. There was a beautiful red sunrise, calm waters, and a refreshing breeze.
After the sun set, their situation suddenly changed. As a cyclonic storm rolled in, Chad tightly gripped the shell and ducked low as they navigated the raging waves.
As if the storm wasn’t enough, Chad noticed that there were other creatures in the water with them. Every few minutes their large whale-like bodies and pointy tusks would just barely emerge from the surface and then disappear back into the dark sea. Fred proclaimed, “Get a good grip and hold your breath!” With a big gulp of air, they dove straight down into the ocean.
Now that they were under the surface, Chad could make out the razor-sharp, nine foot long tusks of the Narwhals . The speed at which Fred could travel through the water was astonishing. There was only one Narwhal that could keep up with him, but Fred took care of the situation by releasing a dark black oil into the face of the Narwhal to slow it down.


from Uh Oh, Here Come The Pig Mammoths, released December 20, 2012



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