Saw a manatee just past the dock where the oysters beds are being re nourished.
Feeding in shallow water. I continued on.
The pair was not doing much, just coming up for air every now and then. So, I left, thinking I'd stop again on my way back to see if more was going on.
I paddled on, now in waters I have not paddled before. Prior visits to Castle Windy have come after paddling north for a few hours, then paddling south in Mosquito Lagoon. Today, my thought was to paddle for two hours, or until I got to the boat ramp at the end of the road through the National Seashore.
Turns out, I saw plenty of birds. First, I saw an opening. It led into a little "lake".
map, as I also think the island I was paddling around was between Plantation Island and the main barrier island. Satellite images show the road extending farther.
Approaching the cove where I saw the manatees, I wondered if they were still there. A audible splash answered my question before I even saw the cove.