Florida’s Weeden Island Wildlife up close & personal

Kayaking the beautiful Bay off the Coast of Tampa Bay, Florida. Weeden Island in Tampa, Florida is located off the Gandy Bridge leading off shore to a paradise island, tropical wildlife and Mangrove trails. A must see and definite experience worth pursuing by boat, kayaking or boarding.
I was fortunate enough in the Summertime of 2013 to go kayaking off Weeden Island preserve. Once out in the channels, a family of dolphins came in to feed. The moment of a lifetime, an opportunity to witness wildlife in action, traveling in unison in pursuit of capturing their prey. A once in a lifetime shot came and went for me as a dolphin swam with vast presicison heading in my direction. As fast as you might expect a hungry 8 foot dolphin to travel underwater in pursue of his prey, magnificently up close and personal, the waves rocked the kayak back and forth as I lost my breath. The motion of the ocean moved all around me as the mammal retreated deeper under the aqua-clear water heading full speed and swam directly underneath my vessel. With precision and speed, the dolphin was underneath my kayak in the blink of an eye and behind me disappearing deeper in pursue of the school of fish being hunted. All in all, I never got that close-up shot but did capture the essence.

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Mangrove trails in the Bay   located at Weeden Island off Florida’s Intercoastal in the summer of 2013.

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Renée May ©2015

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