north florida - wild florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 9:43 AM GMT on October 04, 2012

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05:30, 74F, overcast. roosters asleep. everyone's asleep but me and the 17 year old jack russell who just pissed on the kitchen floor.. grrr.
wild turkeys on the way to suwannee.
09:00, 78F, overcast. low tide going out on the suwannee river. trawls and offshore sets today. catches were low. 1st trawl pulled in a florida gar and several pigfish. 2nd trawl pulled in 10 sting rays ranging in size from 1 ft. to 3 ft.(1 female D. say, 801 mm wide with a 4" spine). otherwise it was the usual flatfish, sea robins, pig fish, star fish, and hermit crabs in coral or sponge or grass/algae or shell. everything identified, measured, counted, and returned to the water. we did the offshore sets on suwannee and half moon reefs. water temp. 27C, 80F. winds in the morning, east 10 knts. water choppy. overcast. afternoon, wind died down - less than 5 knts. a lot of brown pelicans and 2 modest-size flocks of DUCKS! dolphins hunting, splashing, spouting north of mcgriff channel. wore foul weather jacket most of the day except when working in the water. lots of changing cloud scapes, and ducks flying in.. now fall begins. climbing purple astor blooming on the edge of the swamps.
17:50, 81F, overcast. 2.2" rain in the last few days including the shower that followed me home. got no eggs. 2 deer in grape thicket behind workshop.
20:00, 78F, overcast. guard dog out with sheep. no stars. a variable breeze. lightning to the east. distant thunder.

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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.