We paddled today on the Suwannee River between Fanning Springs and Manatee Springs. The sturgeon were really jumping! One started to come up right in front of a kayak, but then apparently changed its mind.
We have seen this happen several times. They roll to the surface, eye us, then go back underwater. So it appears maybe the sturgeon do look before they leap. Of course, they can’t see a motor boat coming towards them at 25 mph, which may explain why it is power boaters who occasionally get hit by the sturgeon, sometimes suffering major injury.
Not too many power boats out today (this section is only 25-30 miles upstream from the Gulf, so ocean-going boats can come up this far) but we saw several other kayaks going up or down stream. Finished up with a nice swim and excellent BBQ ribs at Manatee Springs State Park.