Saturday, February 22, 2014

Manatee(free) Watch

Joined by HFC David and Heather this morning, we had an eventful manatee watch although it was completely manatee free. We started by interrupting some guys who thought that the observation deck was a just dandy place to camp (despite all the actual camping areas in the park. Science comes first, we just walked by them and started the observation as if they weren't there. Eventually they woke up and left, but we were glad we had big strong David.

Due to much, MUCH warmer temperatures, we did not see a single manatee today. We did, however, get to see some cormorants fighting over a massive cat fish. If you didn't GOYB to join us, here's what you missed today!

 Om-nom-nom! I gots me a fishy!
Um... this things pretty big... not sure I can swallow it...
 Hey! That fish is too big for you! Share it!
No way, buddy! Get your own fish (slap, slap, slap, slap, slap - this went on for a while)

Eventually, he turned it around and swallowed it whole. We didn't actually see him eat it, but we did see a cormorant with a HUGELY fat neck a few minutes later. How he didn't suffocate himself was beyond me.

Anyway, as always, it was great to get out in nature.  We only have 4 more manatee watches this year, make sure you GOYB and join us. I can't guarantee manatees, but I can guarantee fun and great company!