July 2015

Not your run-of-the-mill Show and Tell

“Everyone is pleasantly surprised at how clear St. Joseph Bay is,” says Captain Gary. “We aren’t at the base of any river. It’s a saltwater Bay. Very little run off. Lots of cool, saltwater critters. The same creatures that are out in the Gulf are in our Bay.

“Everyone is pleasantly surprised at how clear St. Joseph Bay is,” says Captain Gary. “We aren’t at the base of any river. It’s a saltwater Bay. Very little run off. Lots of cool, saltwater critters. The same creatures that are out in the Gulf are in our Bay. Manta and sting rays, tarpon, Bay scallops. The list goes on. The water is really crystal clear. In most spots you can see at least 15-ft down. You look down and see the grass. See the shore. The Bay is 15 miles long facing North-South and for the most part is very shallow. 25-35 feet is the deepest it gets. It’s pretty cool to look down and see a conch moving across the bottom. Or see one fish chasing another for food. Everything is so alive. With very little current and shallow water, it’s an easy place to learn how to snorkel.

People worry about sharks but the honest truth is they aren’t hungry! The sea life is so plentiful and the baitfish so good, they don’t need to bother us.

I particularly like our show and tell. We will go out on a snorkel trip and I’ll jump in with the kids. All of us will wade or snorkel around for a while looking for critters. We will bring everything up on the boat and I’ll go through each treasure sharing what I know about each animal. Last year we took out some children and young adults with Easter Seals and we were finding shells that they were going crazy over. One of the things I found was an “empty shell” – or at least I thought it was empty. But, I turned it over and an octopus was inside!! We’ve only caught about eight of them – ever. It was so fun.

Adventure Guide Captain Gary recommends snorkeling in St. Joseph Bay. Seahorse Water Safaris has the perfect guide to show first-timers the ropes.

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 3:52 pm

Published: Jun 30, 2015 3:49 pm

Captain Gary Hites

Captain Gary Hites

Previous owner of Seahorse Water Safaris, Captain Gary has loved introducing so many people, especially children, to the wonders of St. Joseph Bay! He loves researching and telling the history of the area!

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