At the natural pool's edge I saw something moving below. It couldn't have been the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Francesca and I had left him a week earlier in Wakulla Springs.
When the bubbles cleared I was face-to-face with 700 pounds of mammalian love. I was astounded, mesmerized by this brief,
otherworld encounter with a sea-going elephant.
As I headed up for air, she did too. Me and the manatee, pas de deux.
After a few minutes of this I headed to the shore. She followed me a bit then turned back. Sea grass can be so delicious.
PS: Our last stop had us stretching our imaginations. We visited a religious site centered around the belief that we live inside the earth's crusts. More on that later.