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We've got love bugs mating, we've got manatees mating, the turtles are laying eggs…What else is going on? A trip to Anna Maria Island City Pier for the latest sightings….Rays! At least two schools of them parading back and forth along the city pier…Wonder if they are mating?
Sparky loves the way they orchestrate their swimming and turn maneuvering together….
Then they drain the water from their scoop, and proceed to swallow the fish with great big GULP, GULP, GULPS, clapping their beaks together as they swallow. Their pouch is also used to hold water to cool themselves down, too.
This is pretty common to see, too. The seabirds were landing on the pelicans just as soon as they saw the pelican's head swish below the water.
|"Yoo-hoo! I'm here for my snack!"|
|"Hey, what am I, chopped liver? Gimme some!"|
|"HEY! Don't you know it's impolite not to share???"|
We saw one lone manatee a ways out from the pier. We think it was a tired female…..