River Mammals-

On Fathers day of this year I decided to take the canoe out with a friend and his son and my youngest son to Exchange Club Island.  Someone created a new sign for the landing beach, I love how people maintain the Island, I know of several groups that do clean ups through out the year.

New sign someone made for out Florida State park, Exchange Club Island
New sign someone made for out Florida State park, Exchange Club Island

Now this was suppose to be a fishing trip, unfortunately the fish were not biting, but when we landed at the beach we were greeted by a pod of what looked to be 2 families of dolphin.  One of the adults came right up to shore for what looked to be a tail fin stun.  I shot this video shortly after.

We fished for an hour on the beach and surrounding area, the crabs were crazy.  I caught a small one to try and hooked it up to possibly get a Red Fish bite.  I thought we would go canoe to the southern point of the Island and try there.  2 adults and 2 10 year old kids, trying to fish in the canoe, probably not the best idea.  I was not feeling real stable and flipping was not going to happen, plus it was hot, and still, there was no breeze.  We decided to head back to the dock, on the way we noticed the dolphins again this time hunting in between docks.  I love the curiosity of them, they generally will not approach a running boat unless it is moving along at a steady speed.  They react differently to  none motorized boats kayaks and canoes.  3 of the adults swam the length of the canoe looking at up at us, I could see it with the polarized glassed I was wearing, you will hear me say I don’t know if the camera is getting this, that is when one of them paused to take a good look at me in the front of the canoe.

 

Leader of the pack
This is the Leader of the pack, He? should be easy to spot from here on out, that is a easy scar to match. Looked to be a pod of 14-18 that were hunting fish pouring out of the marsh.

 

Porpoise hunting right next to the cruise terminal Jacksonville, FL
Looked to be a pod of 14-18 that were hunting fish pouring out of the marsh, during the big tide push. Next to the cruise terminal Jacksonville, FL

 

Porpoise hunting right next to the cruise terminal Jacksonville, FL
Porpoise hunting right next to the cruise terminal Jacksonville, FL

 

Report Manatee injuries 1-800-404-3922  www.savethemanatee.org
Report Manatee injuries 1-800-404-3922 www.savethemanatee.org

 

Manatees moving under water
This is what Manatee look like traveling through the waterways

 

Be careful its Manatee Season
If you remember waving your hands under the water while in a pool this is what the ripples of manatee movement look like

 

Manatee skin just under the water
Had wrong lens to try and get this shot was too close for my zoom but gives you an Idea of the barnacles that they have, this big guy did not surface but was traveling with the other 2

 

Manatee about to surface
Caught these 2 moving through Little Pottsburg Creek Jacksonville, FL

 

2 manatee about to surface
2 smaller Manatee moving with a big one, I think Little Pottsburg Creek might be a mating ground as I saw the same kind of movement into the creek last year in March

 

2 surfacing manatee
2 surfacing manatee first spotting of the mating season, think I am on a major creek for that.

 

Quick Breath
2 smaller Manatee surfacing, I think Little Pottsburg Creek might be a mating ground as I saw the same kind of movement into the creek last year in

Had I only known as a kid that there was a playground of water for so many, not just people but marine life, just further down the creek that we wore a path along the side of.  I Dreamed up someday developing a Dolphin translator, as a what will you do when you grow up.  I had a love of marine life particularly mammals from books in Elementary school, I also had the good fortune of being able to take Marine Biology and Oceanography at Sandalwood High school.  I now live on Little Pottsburg Creek overlooking the Arlington River/St Johns River connection.  I have lived here for a year now and have been blown away by the Manatee and Dolphin action, I am hoping to capture and share some of that this year with you.  There was a major report last year 2014 about our marine wild life numbers decreasing significantly, well animal life in general.  Funny how there was far more important BS that all the news agencies wanted to talk about.  Any way I will try not to rant, just give you a visual why you wanna come Kayak here.  But when a Manatee swims underneath you in a Kayak, just hope they don’t slow, and have an itch that has been nagging.  And I hear Dolphin like the easy catch of a stringer of fish.

Thanks for Visiting,

Calley

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St. Johns River Life in Jacksonville, FL Featuring Exchange Club Island Arlington River & Pottsburg Creek