Headless Pirate of Seahorse Key

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The ghost of a headless pirate riding a palomino is said to haunt this area at night. He is said to be Pierre LeBlanc, was pirate who was working for the notorious Jean LaFitte. LaFitte left LeBlanc with a palomino and some supplies and charged him with guarding his treasure hidden on Seahorse Key. A stranger came along and eventually built enough trust in LeBlanc that LeBlanc showed the stranger LaFitte’s hidden treasure. When LeBlanc had too much to drink and passed out, the stranger helped himself to the booty. When LeBlanc came to, he attacked the stranger, but lost the fight — and his head!

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Seahorse Key, FL
United States

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29.10105325121905, -83.06089048937986
Levy County, Florida
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  1. I spent a summer on Seahorse Key as a student in the UF marine lab back in 1980 – never heard this story and never saw/heard anything in the many nights I spent in the old lighthouse. The idea of having a horse on the island is odd – the island interior is not habitable and no natural fresh water supply would a horse useless.

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