Friday, March 5, 2010
Little Shark River Anchorage; Of alligators and men
When coming out of Marathon our first turn was to the north-northwest and through the seven mile bridge. Jeannie and I have been over this long bridge many times but it was the first time under it. On a sunny day the blue green water color is a real stunner.
You can see two bridges, the larger is the one cars use today. The smaller and lower one with a gap in it is the old one built by Flagler. This smaller one was used most recently in the movie True Lies with Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a thrill going this way.
It was very beautiful.
We mostly went looking for birds and found the usual pelicans and egrets. It was a lot of fun. The mangroves where the predominate foliage.These were shelters for all sorts of fish and water fowl. We had some debate about what of the three types of mangroves these were and finally concluded we were unsure. We found this on the internet;
These three types are the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), the black mangrove (Avicennia Germinans), and white mangroves (Laguncularia Racemosa). see http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.edu/fieldcourses04/PapersMarineEcologyArticles/EcologyofMangroves.html
Posted by John and Jeannie Coyle at 7:42 AM