tiny tale #66: What’s that creature, daddy?

I’d like to remind you that the following is a work of fiction. It’s a conversation between a dad and his little girl.

What’s that creature, daddy?

Oh, this one? That’s a green sea turtle, Mia.

A tuurrtlle?

Turtle, darling. Sadly, we rarely get to see them anymore. Scientists even fear that they might be extinct.

Extind? What’s that, daddy?

Remember when I told you about dinosaurs? That although dinosaurs lived on the Earth millions of years ago, now there are no living dinosaurs.

Oh, so they only exist in story books and museums now?

Haha, that’s a good way to put it, Mia darling. You’re not altogether wrong.

Is it because of humans, daddy? Did we kill off the tuurttles too?

(99 words)

Author’s Note:

For the ease of understanding, I’ve put Mia’s dialogues in italics. Her dad’s dialogues are not in italics.

This time, I’ve stepped into a relatively new genre for me. Telling a story through a conversation. Hope you enjoyed it!

The green sea turtles are not extinct, yet. However they are a threatened species. Harvesting of their eggs, loss of nesting sites, getting caught in fishing nets, hunting of adults apart from their own natural predators are pushing them towards extinction. Hopefully, none of us will have to endure a future where we have to tell our children or their children that the green sea turtle was driven to extinction. ☹️

This post was written in response to the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge for September 12. The challenge is to write a story in exactly 99 words based on the given photo prompt.

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45 thoughts on “tiny tale #66: What’s that creature, daddy?

  1. It saddens to see what human greed is doing to the nature, you have a lovely style to deliberately put forth the objective here, as a conversation.


  2. Amazing way of story telling. I loved how you have used an awareness in the story to tell us about how we humans are full of greed and have harmed the environment enough!
    Keep going..


  3. Great post with a message, Glad parents today are open to explain the nature and their course of extinction to their kids. But sadly we humans should better put to action to save some for our future generations, else they would study them only in books.


  4. Climatic conditions make some creatures disappear but humans are also to be blamed to some extent. I read somewhere that the plastics pieces that can’t be recycled are thrown into seas and these creatures consume them.


  5. The tone and the sentences too distinguishes the character and it’s understandable even without the note.. Once again a great story..

    And the “too” at the end has a very deep impact! Many times, kids go to the hard core truth, without any pretenses..


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