This tour is for the early risers. Experience one of the most beautiful settings on Sanibel, while munching down on a continental-style breakfast. Enjoy a naturalist-led, covered pontoon boat cruise around Tarpon Bay. While drinking coffee, tea and juice and eating pastries, observe birds at the rookery islands including herons, egrets, pelicans, ibis, osprey and more. While boating around the 950 acres of back bay estuary, search for the tremendous diversity of wildlife from mammals such as dolphins and manatees to fish such as mullet, stingray or sharks. The Touch Tank aquarium presentation wraps up the concluding half hour of the tour. This intimate experience will teach visitors about wildlife living amongst the bottom of the estuary from fish, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, oysters, live shells and much more! Reservations recommended (CALL 239-472-8900).
Did You Know?
Sea grass, mangroves & oysters are keystone species. Keystone species are those of extreme importance, in that these organisms hold an ecosystem’s ecology intact. A keystone species provides a variety of wildlife with a habitat and a food source for other animals living within an ecological community. For instance, sea grasses are a pivotal food source for manatees and green sea turtles. Mangroves are crucial in providing juvenile fish a home until they are ready to swim to gulf waters. Without these important species, the health of Tarpon Bay’s mangrove estuary would be compromised.