Glassy seas. Sultry temps. SUP morning.
Heron studies baby fish from his long-legged perch, while the osprey hovers mid-air before diving to grasp a tiny sardine in his talons.
Overhead, Magnificent frigate bird chases down a gull that has stolen its fish.
An ‘army’ of baby puffer fish gathers together in the shallows near a point to the north, and beyond them, baby stingrays – round, cortez, and bullseye. It feels as if I’m paddling through a nursery.
A trumpet fish, then a coronet. Tiny yellowtail.
Pelicans glide inches above the water, splitting their formation to pass on both sides of me.
On my return, the morning’s gift : A giant sea turtle, his back covered with barnacles, escorts me as I paddle home.