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We arrived at a beach in Ft. Clinch State Park ( NE Florida) and immediately saw a boat run a shore and smoldering. This was at 9:55 AM. By 10:19 firefighters had arrived but did nothing we saw was done to put out what was now a fire. We did see two fire extinguishers so they may have tried that when we weren't watching. Shortly after a golf cart type vehicle appeared with a hose and water tank mounted to it. One firefighter is seen with the hose at the side of the boat. Then nobody is at the boat but they are standing around nearby. This was at 10:46 AM. At 11:12 AM water is finally being applied to a part of the boat that fell away. The last photo I took was 11:19 AM, we left shortly after and the boat was still burning. I'm not sure why more effort was not taken to put out the fire. Perhaps someone here might have some knowledge. We couldn't help but wonder why more wasn't done but suspect there must have been a good reason.

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While all of the above was going on we also watched a submarine and escort boats coming out of the Atlantic Ocean into the St. Mary's river toward their port at King's Bay in Southeast, Georgia.

It was a very entertaining day at the beach. Some bird watching did happen.

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36 minutes ago, Clip said:

We couldn't help but wonder why more wasn't done but suspect there must have been a good reason.

Maybe they're thinking that the Insurance company won't pay for a new boat if the fire gets extinguished before any major damage is done. 🤔

Then again, there could be environmental reasons for letting it burn as opposed to introducing more contaminates to the water, after all, chemical extinguishers are needed for gasoline fires.

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On 10/28/2023 at 7:32 AM, lonestranger said:

Maybe they're thinking that the Insurance company won't pay for a new boat if the fire gets extinguished before any major damage is done. 🤔

Then again, there could be environmental reasons for letting it burn as opposed to introducing more contaminates to the water, after all, chemical extinguishers are needed for gasoline fires.

There was no owner of the boat present so insurance consideration seem unlikely. No idea what the story was there. The potential environmental impact was something my husband and I considered but have no way to know for sure.

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12 hours ago, chipperatl said:

My Birding buddy.

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I use to bird with my dogs. Only at the off leash dog park near our home when we lived in Colorado though. I saw some good birds there. Never saw a single squirrel though🤪I have some very fond memories from that time. Like my Basset Hound named Toby who dub himself the official greeter of the dog park. Meaning that he greeted everybody. Two legged and four legged alike. Nobody got by him without a sniff and a tail wag.

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Terrible photo (it would only surface for a few seconds)but such a fun sighting at this location. This Otter was found at an industrial business park that happens to be a great birding spot on the weekends. My husband and I have gone there very often over the last five years since we moved to Florida. This was the first otter we have seen there. Super fun find.

This complex has a number of drainage ponds many connected with drainage pipes. I believe the otter probably found it's way into the complex via those drainage pipes. 

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From summer of 2020 on trip with our granddaughter to Miami, FL. From an area known as Wynwood Walls. These are only a very few of the works of art that we saw there. We were told that the art changes over time so no trip there would be the same as the last...And yes I got a life bird while we toured Wynwood Walls.

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Hammer head Shark-I'm not sure which exact species but I'm about to post it on iNat to hopefully find out. Super fun find at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville, FL. It was alive and with the help of a fishermen it got thrown back in the water after I got a few photos.

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15 hours ago, Clip said:

Hammer head Shark-I'm not sure which exact species but I'm about to post it on iNat to hopefully find out. Super fun find at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville, FL. It was alive and with the help of a fishermen it got thrown back in the water after I got a few photos.

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Bonnethead Shark maybe?

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15 hours ago, Clip said:

Hammer head Shark-I'm not sure which exact species but I'm about to post it on iNat to hopefully find out. Super fun find at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville, FL. It was alive and with the help of a fishermen it got thrown back in the water after I got a few photos.

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2 minutes ago, stitch58 said:

Bonnethead Shark maybe?

If so pretty cool shark. They're known to eat seagrass;

https://www.nwf.org/Magazines/National-Wildlife/2023/Summer/PhotoZone/Omnivorous-Bonnethead-Shark

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