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Kongo spied this Great Blue Heron strolling along Redington Beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida. What magnificent birds these guys are. Kongo also spotted a clutch of Brown Pelicans, some cormorants, and some young gulls who were as curious about the monkey as he was about them. Florida beaches really do live up to the advertising hype. Wide, white, powdery, and well groomed. Next time Kongo is in the area he’s going to bring his flip-flops.

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Kongo briefly visited Tarpon Springs, Florida today and checked out the sponge docks in this famous spot that self advertises itself as the “Sponge Capital of the World.” The sponge docks are about a quarter mile long. After a red tide algae bloom in 1947 wiped out most of the sponges in the area, the ships switched to fishing and shrimping although there are a few local sponges still harvested. Most of the sponges sold at the sponge docks today are actually imported.