Feeding The Tarpons along the Overseas Highway

Florida Hitty Gale Key West

By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty

Highway One, or the Overseas Highway is the Road to the Keys.  The first place we stopped was the Visitor Center at Key largo where we took a picture of the Bougainvillea, a native plant of Brazil that grows abundantly in the Florida Keys.

Bougainvillea on the Overseas Highway

Bougainvillea on the Overseas Highway

Fishing tours were available

Fishing Tours are popular on the Florida Keys

Robbie’s Marina located in Islamorada, The Village of the Keys.

Our next stop was Robbie’s Marina located in Islamorada, The Village of the Keys. This is a popular tourist stop because you can buy a bucket of bait fish and feed the Tarpons. Parking was limited this day, but we found a spot.  After admiring the wares of local artists and crafters in the shaded, outdoor market we bought a bucket of bait fish and joined the group on the pier feeding the Tarpons.

My adopted human, David, learned right away not to hold the fish too close to the water.  He said he thought he was going to lose his thumb!  The Tarpons, leap out of the water to grab the fish right out of your hand.  

Feeding the Tarpons

Feeding the Tarpons

Pelicans at Robbie's Marina

Soon we were back on the Overseas Highway and ready to eat lunch ourselves.



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