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Our past guests will recognize Amelia River Cruises for the great narrated river cruises that they offer three times a day. Captain Kevin is now adding a couple of special eco-tours to their regular offerings. On Thursday, April 7, 2011 and Saturday, April 16, 2011, the newest of their tours will be open to the general public and reservations are now being taken for a three-hour Eco-Tour scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon both days.
This 3-hour tour will be presented by Kevin McCarthy and naturalist expert in this coastal environment, Andrea Margiotta. Originally from Morristown, New Jersey, Andrea grew up spending her summers at the beautiful Jersey Shore, where her passion for the marine environment began.
During the tour you will experience the operation of the Otter Trawl shrimp net much like the nets used by the commercial shrimp industry today. You will be actively involved in this process and deploying and retrieving this net will be part of the experience. The catch will then be displayed in an aquarium on board and each of the creatures will be identified and then released back into the wild.
The oyster beds, mud flats, and thousands of acres of marsh grass in Tiger Basin are a critical part of our local environment. Salt marshes are the most productive eco systems on earth, providing a nursery for all of the sea creatures that are native to our waters and providing a rich source of food for others. The summer months are most productive and our waters team with life.
This is the time of year that our local dolphins are giving birth and we are visited by the manatees that migrate from the springs in central Florida into the salt water to mate and give birth. Sea turtles also visit and nest on our sandy shores. An abundance of shore birds are always seen wading along the shore and feeding. Egrets, herons, spoonbills, ospreys and many others are all part of this wilderness.
Seats are limited so we recommend you reserve early. To reserve your seats for this exciting new tour, please call the office at 904-261-9972. Price is $30 per person.
I can see the new video now…. Maggie Doone Goes on an Eco Tour. She already has the life jacket and handles herself well on the boat. She’d love looking at all the critters in the on-board pools. It sounds like so much fun I think I’ll go with her.