I've described my usual Haulover Canal paddle. I decided to add to it, paddling south to mangrove islands where I've seen alligators before. I did not make it, instead entering a canal system on the east side of the Indian River, behind Bairs Cove. I had never been there before. I think I'll return. A big alligator slid into the water as it felt my presence. Trifecta ! (Manatee, alligator, dolphin). I came to a dead end, turned around. Something in the water. The alligator ? No, a manatee. No, five manatees. Active ones.
Two swam under the yak. one rolling over as it passed below. I resisted the temptation to give it a belly rub. One manatee was not so considerate to me, coming over to, and below the yak, raising up and giving me a brief ride.
Nothing like "discovering" a secret spot. Well, not so secret, an angler cast his line nearby.
I landed just past six, as a tour was preparing to go out. I asked the proprietor of a Day Away Tours if this was a sunset/bioluinescence tour. No, he replied the biolum ended about two weeks ago. So, perhaps my September 17th trip was one of the last days to see living light this season.