Mother raccoon and her two kits were foraging in the mud, probably for crayfish or other small creatures. Normally nocturnal feeders, they took advantage of unusually low water levels to feast on what lay below the mud.
Paddling upstream on January 13, Saturday, 2018 with temperatures at 37F and winds measured on our portable aeronometer at 10mph (windchill of 27), we saw little stirring except the birds in the bush and overhead. One large alligator took advantage of the sunny day to get a few hours of warmth.
These raccoons had the river bank to themselves.