The other day….

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, after doing laundry, Flip and I took a little trip to Looe Key.

This is a 4 hour sail, west, from our marina.  On the way we caught this:

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Blackfin Tuna
This photo makes him look huge.  He was actually about 28″ long.  And … he was very tasty.

This is Looe Key.  There is no land – just coral.  The beautiful turquoise-colored water is the shallowest part – about 3 feet.

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As soon as we tied onto a mooring ball, we saw this:

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Yellow Tail
And this:

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Goliath Grouper, about 5′ long. Notice the yellow tail in comparison to size.
A pair of groupers stayed under our boat just about the whole time we were there.

Here is a short clip of one of them right behind our boat:

This is what we look like snorkeling:

Flip Snorkle

Karen Snorkle

 

At the end of the day, we decided to stay overnight there. water

The wind was steadily blowing at 15 mph and the water kept up its 1-2 foot waves the whole night.  We watched the sun set and the moon rise. Apparently, this is what the moon looks like down here, because this is what my camera took:

It was a full  moon, as these next two photos show:

The next morning, we snorkeled some more then headed back to Marathon, to prepare ourselves for another full week of work.

It is not unusual down here to see dolphins:

We also saw a very large sea turtle on our way back, but it did not want its photo taken.