A couple of weeks ago I was on my way back from Sarasota and decided to stop by the south side Sunshine Skyway fishing pier. It's the old Sunshine Skyway bridge that was hit by a barge over 30 years ago and was permanently damaged. They built a new bridge (in the background) but left most of the old bridge up for a fishing pier. I got the discounted $3 picture taking rate instead of the $5 fishing rate. I parked at the entrance of the bridge and walked all the way to the end. It took me about an hour to the end (stopping to take tons of pictures on the way). It was a Monday so it was not very crowded and people seemed to be very relaxed, pointing out the dolphins and stingrays they had seen. One lady was telling me about all the sharks you see there but I didn't see any while I was there. I will definitely plan another trip here soon.
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Lots of great and snowy egrets hanging out on the fishing pier.
Great egret flying by.
These were the only 2 ruddy turnstones on the bridge.
Not as many pelican as I thought there would be. Maybe because on a Monday there aren't as many fishermen.
I caught this manatee going back under the water. It was weird seeing a manatee in the middle of the bay. He was a big one.