"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 27, 2011

May 26 - Daytona Beach, FL

Day 81 - Manatee Spottings
Halifax River - Anchorage

We were greeted this morning by dolphins and one manatee. The manatee came close to the boat while Stan raised the anchor. Stan uses a hose to rinse the anchor off as he brings it up, manatees like fresh water so he came over to check it out. He didn't stay long once he figured out it was salt water...but we enjoyed the brief visit.

We had a long day, a lot of it was through a more rural area with small fish camps. One pass we went through was full of manatees. We weren't close enough to take good photos but it was fun to see them. We are anchored out in Daytona Beach, but it was too windy and rough to take the dinghy ashore. We spent the evening looking ahead at marinas, we want to leave the boat somewhere the middle of June and go home for a visit.

Our morning visitor
 There were at least five or six manatees in this area playing.  So cool.
 Ponce de Leon Lighthouse - The ICW doesn't get us very close to lighthouse...unfortunately.
 International Speedway Bridge in Daytona Beach. Every piling has a tile mural of dolphins and manatees.
 We have traveled 2005 miles since we left Port Lavaca on March 7

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