In the cool mist of early morning in Port Aransas, Texas, I found myself aboard a catamaran fishing boat departing Fisherman’s Wharf in search of whooping cranes.

As the boat navigated into the protected waters of the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, everyone lined the rail, eager for a rare glimpse.  t wasn’t long before we were rewarded with a view of a family group of these giant majestic birds, gracefully wading through the marshy wetlands in pursuit of their favored delicacy, blue crabs.

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