Manatee at Hospital Hole. As the water was 30 degrees warmer than the air, I joined it.
Pics did not turn out very well.
3 manatees, a hundred jack crevalle, at least, fewer, but still numerous mangrove snapper, needle fish, sheepshead, and more.
Got out of the water, toweled off, said good bye to the manatees, and paddled up River
Prop protectors on the tour boat. For manatees, is my guess. Still have the blunt force trauma issue. But, the Weeki Wachee is all Idle Speed,
Did not see the eagles when I passed their nest
Same turtle I saw on the way up River
Super vivid setting
Crowd at Hospital Hole. Some had wet suits on. Pussies. It was 72. I was glad I was there, alone, at 7:30 when it was 45. In swim suit.
I just paddled past.
A super vivid view of the Sping
No swimming in the Spring, but you can swim just outside the massive hole.
Only two pics turned out. The water was full of sheepshead.
As I stood on the tour boat dock, a jet ski came up the river. Making a wake. The entire River is Idle Speed. Went past the No Entry sign. Turned around, went down the Weeki Wachee, still at illegal speed. The operator had a life jacket with PA. Paddling Adventures is the kayak rental concession. A real shame if it was one of their employees, and not some random asshole who obtained a PFD some tourist dropped. I told the ranger at the entrance on my way out. She called Paddling Adventures. I did not wait to listen in. Just now I sent Paddling Adventures an email, reporting what I saw
The audience for the Mermaid shows is inside the building on the left.
Standing on the deck overlooking the Spring, I could hear the Mermaid show. May as well see if I can get in.
I was able.
The show began in 1947.
This was my 10 day kayaking in the last 12. Not a bad way to spend December.