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

January 24, 2015

Jan. 23 - Marathon, FL

Sombrero Resort & Marina

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” ― Rachel Carson

There isn't a lot of wildlife to see in Marathon (excluding the human kind) and it's definitely not a bird watcher's destination. We sit on our fly bridge each morning and look over the mangrove; we enjoy our coffee and watch the world come alive. You'd think we might see a variety of birds, but all we've seen are a few seagulls and an occasional pelican. But Marathon makes up for the lack of birds watching with a few other unique creatures we don't see normally. I've already shared pictures of the Manatees, which we see daily along the dock. We've also seen dolphins swimming by, which are not that unusual, but fun to watch. We've also seen Spotted Eagle Rays with extremely long tails. Glad we were on the boat and not in the water.

On land Marathon is full of lizards...everywhere we go we see them scurrying around. We really don't pay much attention to them, but the iguanas do catch our eye...they can be huge. We spot them sunning on rocks, laying on the dock and swimming along the shore. I can't imagine walking out on my back porch and being greeted by one of these dragons...I'm used to raccoons and possums. Life in Marathon isn't your normal life, especially this time of year.

One of the Spotted Eagle Rays we've seen. I didn't even notice it's long tail till I looked at the picture
This little visitor swam past the boat one morning...of course I didn't have my good camera with me
A few of the iguanas we've seen lately
These American White Ibises are everywhere

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