Week 2

I Found a Hermit Crab!!!

Posted by 6 June, 2008 (0) Comment

Look at Annie! At the beginning of the week she was hesitant and as she gained experience in the water she became a true adventurer. Take a look at her now. Here’s a quick video of her diving down, picking up a rock, and finding a hermit crab clinging to the bottom. Thanks to Annie, […]

Look at Annie! At the beginning of the week she was hesitant and as she gained experience in the water she became a true adventurer. Take a look at her now. Here’s a quick video of her diving down, picking up a rock, and finding a hermit crab clinging to the bottom.

Thanks to Annie, Jonah, Ariana, Liana, Drew, Karyn, Robin, and Barbara for a great second week.

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Exploring Fossil Beach

Posted by 5 June, 2008 (1) Comment

Two new adventurers recovered from their colds and joined the crew today, Ariana and Liana. A highlight of the day was searching for sharks teeth on “Fossil Beach” and collecting knicker beans on our island romp. Everyone found at least one! They are in the bags in the photo below. We also scooped and inspected […]

Two new adventurers recovered from their colds and joined the crew today, Ariana and Liana.

Adventure Sisters

A highlight of the day was searching for sharks teeth on “Fossil Beach” and collecting knicker beans on our island romp. Everyone found at least one! They are in the bags in the photo below.

Exploring Fossil Beach

We also scooped and inspected sea weed for sargassum frog fish. We weren’t lucky enough to find one but we did discover juvenile pilot fish, soldier fish, bar jacks, pipe fish, sargassum file fish, scrawled file fish, and numerous species of crabs and shrimp camouflaged like the seaweed itself.

Finally, we revisited the rock garden where we swam with large schools of parrot fish and saw a few arrow crabs.

Tomorrow we’ll have one more adventurer on the crew, an aspiring photographer, Drew. Beacause of that we’ll be starting the day at the rock garden to take some photos. Then we’ll take it from there to finish off another great week.

If you are interested in attending next week I still have a few spots so call me at 561-324-1892.

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Living Fossils in Palm Beach!

Posted by 4 June, 2008 (1) Comment

Tomorrow we’re going to go to my secret spot and look for some real fossils. Hopefully we’ll discover some sharks teeth, parrotfish mouth plates, or worm tubes. Today we had an encounter with a real living fossil, the horseshoe crab. Some interesting fun facts … They used to swim side-by-side with Trilobites a long, l-o-o-o-ng […]

Tomorrow we’re going to go to my secret spot and look for some real fossils. Hopefully we’ll discover some sharks teeth, parrotfish mouth plates, or worm tubes.

Today we had an encounter with a real living fossil, the horseshoe crab.

Living Fossils!

Some interesting fun facts …

  • They used to swim side-by-side with Trilobites a long, l-o-o-o-ng time before you were born
  • They live 20-30 years
  • They can regrow their limbs like starfish

Class dismissed! Let’s go have some fun …

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A Fun Day in The Rock Garden

Posted by 3 June, 2008 (0) Comment

I just got back in from the first day of a new adventure session and let me tell you we had fun today! It was a smaller group than normal as a couple of the kids from one family scheduled to go were sick today and unable to make it. Now on to the fun… […]

I just got back in from the first day of a new adventure session and let me tell you we had fun today! It was a smaller group than normal as a couple of the kids from one family scheduled to go were sick today and unable to make it.

Now on to the fun…

We had not been on the boat more than 5 minutes before one of my favorite adventurers, “Adventure Lisa” spotted a young Bottlenose Dolphin swimming and playing near little Munyon Island. We slowly motored over for a closer look and soon “Adventure Jonah” and “Adventure Annie” were pointing with excitement too. As we watched the dolphin in the shallow waters, Jonah and Annie spotted some very large Ocean Starfish, two Horseshoe Crabs and hundreds of Short Spined Sea Urchins on the bottom feeding on the algae.

Spiny Finds!

They wanted a closer look so I jumped in and collected a few to show them and held up the Horseshoe Crab so they could see and they screamed with glee. We then carefully placed them in their homes and headed off to do some snorkeling in the shallow waters. On the way there Jonah spotted a very large ray foraging for food in the shallows and we turned around for a closer look and we watched as it disappeared in the distance.

When we arrived at “the rock garden” everyone was in a hurry to get in and the water was crystal clear. Adventure Jonah was in first and looked like a natural born snorkeler. Adventure Annie was quick to follow with Adventure Lisa in hot pursuit.

Over Here! Over Here!

Jonah was quick to point out a small barracuda and a beautiful yellow Spotted Ray on the bottom which we tried to get some photos of, along with some of the large schools of Menhaden, Parrotfish, Porkfish, Grunts, Snapper, Seargent Majors and Spot Tail Pinfish, etc…

In no time at all Annie found some small Queen Conchs with beautiful pink interiors and lovely blue eyes which she just had to pick up and look at before letting go.

Nice Find!

Lisa showed us how to find hermit crabs by the hundreds. It was almost impossible to get the kids to go back to the boat for lunch and drinks and to reapply sunscreen. I haven’t seen such enthusiasm in a “long time” or at least not since last week when we had a different group doing the same thing.

I can’t tell you how fulfilling it is to watch the kids discover things for the first time and with that gleam in their eye and excitement in their voice, yell to me, “Adventure Mike, Adventure Mike over here, over here, I found something!” and off we go searching for “treasures”. From here we went to the sandbar, found more Starfish, Florida and West Indian Fighting Conchs, explored the tunnels left behind by Mantis Shrimp and Tube Worms and had fun chasing Seagulls.

Sea Money!

AdventureAnnie found a beautiful Milk Conch with a little pilot fish swimming around which she tried to catch bare handed, and in the process came up with a nice living Sandollar. She said she had found some “sea money” and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as we let it go. By now it was time to head back and Adventure Jonah and Adventure Annie drove us slowly home while Adventure Lisa made us snacks.

Adventure Jonah at the Helm

It was a beautiful way to end the first day of our second week! Not bad for a four hour trip! Can’t wait till the island adventure trek, fishing and exploring tomorrow. Lets go have some fun! Yippee!!!!

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