By Sue Rodman
The seahorse wrapped his tail around my finger as I swam to the boat. The scallops angrily chomped open and closed with a snap as I studied its sapphire blue eyes, so many tiny little dots. The puffer fish was slimy, yet it’s spikes hard. I followed one through the sea grasses, as it darted to and fro trying to lose me.
Snorkeling in Port St. Joe Florida
This was just part of my morning snorkeling with Capt. Gary Heist aboard the Seahorse Water Safari Boat Tours. It’s an activity tops on my list when I bring my boys, 16, 14 and 10 back to Gulf County, Florida. Teens may be hard to impress, but I know between the boat ride out into the Gulf where we spotted dolphins, sting rays and even a sea turtle swimming, snorkeling in the see-thru greenish-blue water, and the discovery of sea creatures under our feet, something would click, even with a moody, difficult to please teen.
About Seahorse Water Safari Boat Tours
Capt. Gary is a reel-in from Ohio. Reel-in is what the locals call folks who come for a visit, but find themselves assimilating into the local culture. His company, Seahorse Charters does snorkeling, fishing, and scallop trips, in addition to sunset cruises. I’d forgo the scallop trip in favor of the snorkeling. We found enough scallops, but also so much more, something Capt. Gary makes sure of on each trip.
After anchoring, Capt. Gary shows us a few of the sea creatures we can expect to see and how to find them. Then, he sends us off with snorkel gear they provide. Our first mate Cassie stayed in the boat to collect our treasures, while Gary joined us in the water, making sure we had a diverse and plentiful collection for show and tell.
After about and hour and a half in the water, just enough to get adjusted to the scenery and really start noticing the sea life, we piled back onto the boat where Cassie and Gary explained our catch, allowing kids to hold the star fish and feel the puffer before we returned everything to the sea. See our other posts for more information about a vacation to Gulf County Florida.