Yesterday, I was invited to take a ride along on a dolphin and snorkel tour with a tour operator of the same name.  Lorraine, owner and operator of Dolphin and Snorkel Tours, offers an experience that is unique, fun and educational all at the same time.

The morning tour was small, just Lorraine, a father and son (shout out to Joseph and Alex from Iowa!!) and me.  The small boat and passenger limit of just 6 allows for a very personalized tour.

Soon after leaving the marina, Lorraine took us by an osprey nest where we could see mother and children.  Then, off to visit Charlie’s Bait Barge.  Her buddy on the barge brought up the large bait cages and we were able to see the sea life that was inside.  A blue crab and an octopus were the highlights here.

Next, we were off to find dolphins and do some snorkeling.  Joseph and Alex were lucky to get to see a dolphin while they were in the water.  Lorraine took us to a small shipwreck that is accessible to snorkelers and she went in to bring up some more sea life for us to see.  We learned about whelk egg casings and got to see one.  I, for one, had never really thought about the origins of these shells.

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Captain Lorraine takes the tour boat out for a fun experience

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Capt. Charlie’s Live Bait Barge

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Osprey nest

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Bait cages with live octopus

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Blue crab

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Captain Lorraine with the blue crab

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Ralph the friendly dolphin

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Enjoying the dolphin and snorkel tour

 

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Whelk egg casings


This tour was fun, informal, informative and friendly.  Captain Lorraine strives to bring a unique experience to her tours and she does so with her passion and knowledge of the sea life that surrounds her every day.  The tour also includes some technology toys, like the hydrophone, which allows visitors to listen to the dolphins in the water.

Learn more about Dolphin and Snorkel Tours on their website and their Facebook page or give Lorraine a call at 850-866-8815.

 

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