Busy at Katie's Landing when I arrived. Three other people launching. Two kayaks and two guys in canoe. The latter was illegal. Had a motor. Perhaps they can't read.
I came to the island where Luis saw a manatee trio yesterday. I paused, looked, listened, then paddled the left, west side. Did not see or hear any manatees near the island. I was past Wekiva Haven when something surfaced twenty-five yards in front of me. Otter? It surfaced again, the snout unmistakable. Manatee. Swam beneath me, heading up the Wekiva. I turned around, following it for a while, hoping to get a photo.
Unable to get a good photo. The disturbed water at the top of the above photo is the manatee. I turned around, thinking I may see the manatee, and maybe more, on the way back.
Four people in two canoes, and a couple anchored, fishing rounded out the people I was between Katie's Landing and Blackwater Creek, which I entered at 11:20.
I got to my usual break spot on Blackwater Creek at noon. A tree has fallen across the Creek, but it doesn't look like it would be a problem paddling over.
Back in June, I wrote I should take a pic of this gauge every time. It was at 4.20 then. Didn't take a photo during a July photo. Today, it was at 4.50.
Another tree is down, near the confluence, but there's a narrow gap, wide enough for a kayak. I was back on the Wekiva at 12:50.
I was about to explore the area across from the launch when a manatee surfaced.
It's barely visible in the above photo. About 10 o'clock from the paddle. A motorboat was coming down the River. The guy slowed down, I said thank you for me and the manatee. I waited for it to surface again, it did, I missed it. It must have been resting because it took a long time between breaths. A couple times, I started towards shore, only to have it surface, so I stayed to try and get a picture. Was not able to do so.