“Seahorses are so interesting”, says Captain Gary, former owner of Seahorse Water Safaris. The completely orange ones or complete albinos are the odd guys that are fun. One year I may find a lot of seahorses or none. And it doesn’t matter whether you are 2 or 82, 99% of people have never seen a live one. Even before we knew there were seahorses in the Bay, we tried to associate our name with something friendly but a little mysterious. Safari is in our name because we don’t stop at rentals. We guide people in their explorations. We do snorkel trips, scallop trips and sunset cruises. I love the history of St. Joseph Bay – did you know it was settled in 1699 by the Spanish? – and I can tell you about it from 100 years ago or I can show you where all of the different scallops hide today. Every trip is an adventure.
I really love the Bay and the Port St. Joe Marina. There is a saying down at the Marina and we all believe it – No matter how much money you have, the most rewarding is what you’ve done with a child because they will remember you. For example, we work with a group out of Atlanta called Blue Skies Ministries. They offer retreats for families dealing with pediatric cancer. One little girl said that going on the snorkel trip was the most fun she ever had in her whole life. She passed away at age 8. It always reminds me that our experiences may be a “once-in-a-lifetime” one – like seeing a seahorse. So we try to make every trip great.
Updated: Dec 08, 2017 0:04
Published: Jul 01, 2015 20:43