Swimming with mermaids
Jan03

Swimming with mermaids

Christopher Columbus had a lot of misconceptions about where he wound up in 1492 and what he saw. Mermaids were listed in one of his journal accounts. But to Chris’ credit mermaids had been around in literature basically since the beginning of literature. The name Sirenia (the order manatees are found in) is in reference to the “sirens” of Greek Mythology. I guess being on a boat in the ocean for a long time can play tricks with your...

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Mystery solved
Apr13

Mystery solved

I was having my morning coffee on the small floating dock in the narrow, clear Weeki Wachee River about three miles upstream of the Gulf of Mexico and watching for manatees. The girls and I had discovered that early morning was a good time to catch these unique creatures headed in or out of the river. The loud, incessant calling of a red-shouldered hawk from the woods across the river suddenly shattered the morning quiet. The area...

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