Deer On A Mission Swims Across Harbor

By Janee Law

 jlaw@longislandergroup.com

It is only fitting for a deer to swim past a boat named ESCAPE during its swim across Northport Harbor to the Centerport Yacht Club, which several Northport Park goers witnessed on Friday. Photo by Dave Weber

It is only fitting for a deer to swim past a boat named ESCAPE during its swim across Northport Harbor to the Centerport Yacht Club, which several Northport Park goers witnessed on Friday. Photo by Dave Weber

It was a determined crusade and interesting sight for Northport Park goers on Friday when a deer decided to take a shortcut to the beach of the Centerport Yacht Club by taking a swim in Northport Harbor.

Dave Weber, owner and general manager at Seymour’s Boatyard in Northport, witnessed the rare occurrence, which he said took place around 3:30 p.m.

“This is 21 years I’ve been doing this and I haven’t seen a deer swimming in the harbor,” Weber, of Northport, said.

From where he was standing on Bayview Avenue, Weber saw the deer come galloping full speed past the boatyard where he jumped over the hedges into Northport Park, Weber said. The deer continued running through the park, jumped over the rocks and into Northport Harbor.

“The park was pretty crowded so I don’t know whether it got spooked by the people but it just kind of went full speed toward the water, almost like it had a mission to get to Centerport,” he said. “It was kind of weird.”

Weber jumped on his boat to follow the deer to safety.

“By the time we caught up to it, it was already halfway across to Centerport,” Weber said, added that by keeping the boat at a safe distance, the deer wasn’t spooked by the engine. “He was fine. He wasn’t struggling or anything.”

Weber said the deer eventually made a safe landing on the beach of the Centerport Yacht Club.­

“It was just kind of crazy,” Weber said, adding that it took the deer about five minutes to make it across. “It’s just an interesting thing that you don’t normally see.”

From his boatyard on the harborfront, Weber sees a number of unusual occurrences. On April 3, Weber spotted a dolphin inside the harbor near Bird Island, which is off Scudder Beach.

“We’ve had them in the bay over in Huntington but I’ve never seen them in the harbor so it’s a little weird that last month there was a dolphin in the harbor and all of a sudden this month there’s a deer in the harbor,” Weber said. “Who knows what’s going to happen this summer.”