When they began their jaunt, the family were, however, blissfully unaware that their day would take a dramatic twist. So it was that they took off in their boat and began tracking a particularly quiet stretch of coastline. Soon, then, they were enjoying the peace and tranquility that comes with being far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Just when Nikitina and her family likely thought they’d left the worries of the world behind them, though, something caught their attention. Cutting through the soothing sounds of the waves were what sounded like some tiny cries. Specifically, the noises seemed to be coming from a nearby rocky outcrop.
The family couldn’t, however, identify the source of the crying. But then as the noise grew louder and louder, something on the horizon caught their eyes. “The sound gradually intensified,” Nikitina subsequently told The Dodo in July 2017. “At first it was nearly invisible, but then I could see this black spot moving in the distance.”