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May 20, 2013

Suwannee River Jumping Sturgeon

by Brendan

We had a church picnic yesterday at Fanning Springs State Park.

Fanning Springs State Park

Fanning Springs State Park

It’s St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, and we were celebrating Pentecost with an outdoor communion service, lunch, swimming, boating, and socializing.

And for me, swimming of course.  Service started at about 11:00 and, though it wasn’t a particularly hot day, it’s still May in North Central Florida, so by 12:30 or so, and carrying chairs around, etc., I was ready for a plunge into the icy Springs.  (Ok, ok, “icy” is a bit much, as the year-round temperature for Florida springs is about 70 degrees — bit of a shock when you jump in, but not really all that cold.)  So I did, and swam around a little, and then it was time for the picnic; burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, chips, the usual picnic fare, but an couple expressions of individuality by my fellow parishioners, who each provided side dishes (we brought brownies, a big hit with the kids).

Pam and I swam again (of course waiting the half-hour after eating that our moms ingrained in us early on); then I decided to kayak the beautiful Suwannee River while Pam sat in the shade and read from my Kindle.  As soon as I got in the water, having read the sign warning me of  currents, alligators, and jumping sturgeon, yes indeed! an actual sturgeon jumped way out of the water about 50 feet in front of my boat.  Didn’t see any alligators, but the sturgeon was a thrill — there have been cases of them jumping into boats (accidentally), hitting and injuring people in the boat, which may be traveling 20-30 mph and more.

 

Jumping Sturgeon, Suwannee River

Jumping Sturgeon, Suwannee River

 

 

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