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I have been adopted. Went offshore sailing yesterday, the winds and waves were about double what NOAA predicted, rough day, but still enjoyed the five hours I spent out there in the beautiful, azure-blue waters beyond the reef.

When I returned, I noticed my freshwater hose was in the water next to the bulkhead. The adoptor, apparently, loves the taste of fresh water, dragged my hose off the bulkhead, and figured out how to turn the hose on for a short blast. He/she (can't tell) tips the scales at about 800 pounds and is approximately 9 feet long, and loves when I give it a blast of freshwater from the hose. It rolls over and allows me to blast it's belly with freshwater, which apparently washes off loads of tiny parasites. Here are some photos of my newfound friend.





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Amazing!
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What a great adventure. Why come back in the Spring?
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Gary, are you near the Tiki Hut, dingy dock or pump out boat dock? Have been checking the Boot Key Harbor Live Web Cam, but it has been down today. The cam gives a pretty good view as it scans the area including the entire mooring field, including several close ups. Will try again tomorrow.

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Did you catch anything? I know you had a fishing line out. Do need my woman's touch and did you say here fishy fishy?
Love your new friend. Just know it is illegal to feed the manatees fresh water. Something about destroying the parasites internally I think. Will have to look it up. I bet she will love for you to sing to her. Ok now I am jealous.
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Thats so cool Gary just don't get in trouble Like Mel says almost any messing with manatees will get you a $250 fine
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Didn't know about the freshwater thing with the manatees, but thanks for the heads up on that.

Didn't catch any fish, but the weather precluded that. When the seas calm down for a few days, this should change, but I would welcome a woman's touch.

Might have to fly home in the next few days - my wife has been in the hospital with heart problems. Might have to have open heart surgery - just not sure yet. As I type this she's in the emergency room of Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. I haven't slept much during the past four days, so if I sound a bit incoherent it may be due to lack of sleep.

Hopefully, my wife will be OK, and everything can be taken care without surgical intervention. If not, I'll probably have to leave the boat here, have it stored on the hard untill things improve back home, then come down and bring the boat home at a later date. Worst case scenario is I may have to have someone else bring the boat back, which can be very expensive.

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I'm so sorry to hear that Gary. Best wishes to your wife for a quick recovery.
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Best wishes on her getting well soon Gary
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Sorry to hear about your 1st mate Gary we will keep her in our thoughts. Let me know if there is anything we can do.
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