Dolphin from the Eldora dock. There were several. Saw some jumps.
Lagoon on the other
The rain stopped, and I was finally on the water at 4:30
Which did not give me a lot of time. Thanks, or no thanks, to sequestration, the Seashore closes at 6, instead of 8 during daylight savings.
I was paddling north, until I heard a dolphin behind me.
Taking pictures of dolphins from a kayak is hard. At least for me. Having a third hand would help. Every time I put the camera down to paddle, a dolphin surfaced.
First saw this split dorsal fin in 2003. Two years before I had a kayak. From the fishing dock.
There were 6, 8, maybe more dolphin. The area off Eldora is a good spot as you have the main north-south run of the Lagoon intersecting an east west channel between some islands going to the mainland. Probably why a settlement was established here.
The Eldora House being the only survivor. During the rain delay, I asked the volunteer about the other houses and buildings in Eldora. She said most were turn down in the 1950's with the arrival of the Space Center. Tropical jungle has erased any evidence of settlement.
Saw one manatee, unable to get a picture. One other boat in the water. 2 guys in a canoe. Out of the canoe, tossing a bait net. They had been sitting in Parking Lot 6, waiting for the rain to end
Landed at 5:30
Stopped at Bethune Park, the Lagoon side, to see if there were any manatees. Did not see any, but from some kayakers doing the stupid pat the water with their hand thing, some were there.