Big Cypress

Wednesday we drove to the east coast to drop Tim at the airport. He was very happy to see Lynne and Blu again, but a little sad to leave the beach.

We decided we prefer the Gulf side of Florida to the east side! Fort Lauderdale reminds us too much of our beaches! The beach was very windy. We couldn’t see any shells, but we did find several man o’war on the beach.

At first we thought they were plastic bags, or some kind of balloon. Then we realized what they were! They had washed up on the shore with the tide. We knew not to go near them, because they can sting and cling if they are still living.

If you’re interested in more info about this strange looking creature, here’s a web site.

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/sertc/The%20Portuguese%20man.pdf

Today we headed back to the Gulf by way of Alligator Alley. Alligator Alley it is! There are uncountable alligators in  the canal next to the road; we finally stopped counting!

We visited the Big Cypress Swamp. We skipped the tram and the bike ride, and walked the trail. The gators there seem to pose for us. We saw mamas, babies, and gators that must have been grandfathers. (Gators can live to about 40 years old. Babies stay with their mothers until they are about three. Then, the mother shoos them off so they can establish their own territory.)

Here are some of our gator stars.

This guy swims down the canal very close to the Visitor Center!

This guy swims down the canal very close to the Visitor Center!

This mama gator suns herself on the shore

This mama gator suns herself on the shore

Baby gators in the sun!

Baby gators in the sun!

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