We love scallops and will take you to the best spots to snorkel and collect them. We also introduce you to the natural beauty of the salt marsh and the sea grass beds where we find the scallops and point out the amazing sea life we often encounter there; beautiful shore birds, sea horses, starfish (awesome, wiggly brittle stars), horseshoe and stone crabs, and lots of baby fish using the grass as a nursery! We regularly see dolphins and will stop to enjoy their playful behaviors.
Sea Education Adventures Manatee Encounter program is designed to provide an appreciation for the Florida Manatee. The program includes an informative slide presentation introducing the life history of the Manatee as well as Florida’s guidelines for in-water Manatee encounters. Following the presentation, participants will be fitted for wetsuits and issued equipment including mask, fins and snorkel. Participants only need bring a swimsuit, towel and warm clothes to change into once they’re out of the water.
After a short boat ride, participants will have an opportunity to enter the water and snorkel face-to-face with these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Crystal River is home to the largest wintering population of Florida Manatees, so participants are sure to have a most exciting and once in a lifetime opportunity!
Sea Education Adventures Manatee Encounter Program is both educational and exciting, and we hope you can join us for a first hand experience with these gentle giants.
Join Sea Education Adventures for an exploration of Florida’s freshwater ecology. The Program is designed to instill an understanding of Florida’s freshwater environment while at the same time increasing the awareness of man’s enormous impact on our fragile resource.
The Program focuses on the biological, ecological and geological study of the beautiful Rainbow River, the vast variety of animal and plant species as well as the physical properties of the river. The day will begin with an educational brief, a discussion on wildlife observation techniques and a review of the provided snorkeling equipment and its safety.
The majority of the day will be spent on the river observing the animals and plants in their natural environments. This observation will take place face-to-face with the many species of fish and wildlife, while snorkeling the beautiful and crystal clear springs and river.
The observation begins with a short boat trip up the Rainbow River where participants will enter the water in groups and drift down the river with the slow moving current. The river ranges in depths from 4-feet to 30-feet, and provides a variety of environments for observation. The average visibility is in excess of 200-feet.
The Program is open to anyone with an interest in marine and/or wildlife biology. No special skills or equipment is required-only a bathing suit, towel and bag-lunch. Snorkeling lessons will be available during the program.