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Goin' Fishing

We spent two mornings hanging out on the dock near the Sanibel lighthouse, joining the group of retirees, fishing fanatics, and curious onlookers. Some days it's incredibly easy to catch sheepshead or "prisonfish", so called because of their grey stripes. The sheepshead eat the barnacles on the posts supporting the pier, so all you need to do is drop a line straight down.

Pretty boring, really.The birds were excited, though. Especially when someone's cleaning his catch.

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One of the mornings, things were livened up considerably when two sharks were spotted, targeting the strings of fish lucky fisherman had in the water. Man, those sharks move fast when they want to. One of them took the hook of a guy at the end of the dock, and for a while, it was the most exciting place in Sanibel. Picture 25 retired guys shouting advice, and two guys hauling a huge fishing pole back and forth, trying to reel in and tire out the shark. They finally managed to haul the poor beast onto the beach, much to the delight of anyone with a camera.

I was rooting for the shark. Oh well.

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Comments (2)

Another great pelican photo! I love those birds. Those three look like they were posing for you!

Hey Amy!
:)
When I was a teenager and worked at a gift shop on the wharf in Santa Cruz, there were regular electical outages as the result of pelicans flying into power lines! The California brown pelicans are big guys ...

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