We left Joe’s Sound this morning after a warm good-bye to our new friends, Pat and Earl (pic below). A short motor ride back through the scary, very narrow exit from the bay, took us to Stella Maris Marina, where we are now getting ready to have the boat hauled and bottom-painted.
As we docked the boat, we had a huge visitor – a 500 lb Manatee, poking its head above the water, apparently asking for fresh water to drink. The dock hand obliged him from a jug, and I swear I saw the Manatee smile gratefully! So far the biggest live creature we’ve seen this trip was a large starfish on the way here – so this was a special treat. There are only three Manatee around Long Island, moving from bay to bay, and they had never seen this particular one here before. We felt very welcomed!