north florida - wild florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 10:33 AM GMT on May 16, 2013

05:40, 60F, foggy. some stars. dixie and the guardian at back door. pup out. roosters crowing. packing a lunch. stayed up late working on another story. another day out in the wild..
08:00, high tide falling at CK. a neap tide. 72F, south wind, 8 knts. choppy inshore, 1-2 ft. seas offshore where we were trawling. the volunteer was greenish from the roll of the boat but hung in there. water temperature, 23C, 73.4F. about time to leave the waders behind.
trawled up the usual baitfish, flatfish, etc. one trawl netted a lovely maroon octopus that was pissed-off. the main body was the size of my fist and the tentacles were about 18" long. that octopus was moving from one end of the trawl box to the other, burying itself in a big pile of sponge and sand half-dollars, reappearing ... finally I grabbed it with a hook-out and threw it overboard where it disappeared in a cloud of ink. another trawl netted an electric ray. the ray wasn't happy either. we gingerly measured her and threw her back. inshore pulls with the bait seine netted large pigfish in one pull, and a stingray and several large catfish in another. one distant flock of brown pelicans. cormorants. sunny and breezy. one pod of dophins.
16:10, high tide rising at #4 bridge. 75F, SW wind, 6 knts. large flock of scaups in the shallows. a peacock on the roadside heading home.
16:50, 88F at back door in the sun. 5-lined skinks on steps. really tired. walked pup and took a nap.
19:30, 75F, cloudy. got 2 eggs. several deer in north field.
21:00, 70F, clouds. waxing almost half moon over sheep barn. lovely in the clouds. fog forming.

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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.