The parking lot at Hunter Springs Park in Crystal River was empty when I arrived at 8:40. In the water just before 9, headed to Three Sisters Springs. I did not get a lot of bird photos today, which may be a good thing as with all the manatee pics it would take a week to tell the Tale.
These bluegills are under a manatee's fluke.
The friendliest manatee swam towards me again. I floated as motionless as possible. Closer, closer, until it put its snout right on my facemask. Gently, not jarring it at all. It backed off, finding its fellows more cuddly.
I spent about twenty minutes with the trio before swimming out of Three Sisters, passing and following more manatees.
No room at the inn, these manatees had to stay outside the ropes.
I paddled into Three Sisters. I had not when I arrived, as people were walking in the Run. Why walk when you can swim and not stir up the bottom is something I don't understand.
I left the area, stopped briefly at Magnolia Springs, then headed into Kings Bay. From the exposed shoreline, I saw it was low tide. Maybe I could anchor the yak outside King's Spring, like I did Christmas, 2007. I crossed a rough and windy Bay. There was a spot where I could have got out, but it was so windy I was afraid of the anchor not holding. I did get a useful bit of information. A volunteer at the Wildlife Refuge Pontoon said it is ok to tie to it. Still have the depth problem, however. As in to deep to stand. So, I stayed in the yak, and headed back to Hunter's Spring Park.
To bad it got windy, as other than that, it was a beautiful day.