Kayaking through Thatcher Pass

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We started out in the early morning with thick, impending rain clouds. Luckily, they burned off as we rounded Decatur on our way to James Island State Park. We hugged the shore pretty closely and were able to see many beautiful sea stars with the low tide (which got even lower on Sunday... a -2)! As we were making the crossing to James through Thatcher pass, we noticed a group of three seals (seals of approval, as the family calls them!), so we decided to hang back and watch them. Not but a few moments into it, a large group of gulls came in and we could see that the seals had drove some herring up to the surface - they literally were jumping out of the water. It looked like a piece of silver cloth being waved just above the surface. The gulls were having quite a feast, but we couldn't believe it when a bald eagle swooped down to get in on some of the action! A few moments later, the eagle returned - and another joined him! What an amazing, beautiful sight! I've seen eagles soaring as well as perched, but never anything like this - and at such a short distance! It seems they were not at all concerned about our "banana boat!" They took off, the herring settled, and we completed the crossing totally dumbstruck by our rare and gorgeous sighting. 
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