May 18, 2011

5/18/11 – Canaveral NS

It’s almost 50 miles from Merritt Island NWR to the Visitors Center at Canaveral National Seashore--as the crow (or heron) flies, it's about half that, but you have to go around.  They’re either building or remodeling the bufilding, so they had everything temporarily housed in a trailer.  We chatted for quite a while with the volunteer there, and then he suggested that we go to Eldora House, even though we wouldn’t be able to see inside. 
It’s about all that remains of the town of Eldora, but the restored home is lovely. 

We were standing near it reading a sign when we heard a great big splash in the water behind us.  George saw dolphin fins, so we went out on the fishing dock to watch.  There were at least 6 of them, apparently feeding.  Mostly what we saw was when they came up to take a breath.  We’d hear the blow, then watch them as they rolled back down for a dive.  One had a dorsal fin that was pretty chewed up.  One always had a smaller fin next to it, so we thought it was probably mom and baby.  One stayed really close to shore and seemed to be practicing that routine they do when they swim around in a circle to herd the fish, then pop up from underneath.  George got a picture of that one coming out of the water.  I’ve got lots of pictures of dorsal fins… 
 After watching them for about 20 minutes, we headed back to the truck and down to the end of the road.  We took pictures of the beach, then headed back to the Manatee overlook at the Haulover Canal.  Didn’t see any manatees, but it was great fun watching the dolphins!

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