Took granddaughters ages 4 and 6 on the 10:00 a.m. Monday trip. Total of about 20 passengers; guessing 8 adults and 12 children. Air temperature was 90o+ but as soon as we got away, the river breezes made the trip very pleasant. Captain Sean McCarthy was at the wheel and Andrea was the naturalist on board. On the way out, Capt. Sean gave an overview of the 150 history of shrimping in the Fernandina Beach area. We slowed by some of the shrimping docks and he explained the different type of shrimping boats.
On the way out we saw dolphin, herons, roseate spoonbills and other wildlife. Andrea gave a complete understanding of the value of the marsh and the oyster beds as well as the tannins in the water coming from the Okefeenokee Swamp in SE GA.
Finally the time came to put out the trawler net and the crew was assisted by several of the children and adults. We slowly trawled for about 15 minutes and then came the job of pulling in the net. It made for some strenuous work but it was well worth it. Andrea puts samples of "creatures" in an aquarium and then proceeds to talk about each one. We had shrimp, sponges, pigfish, a baby grouper, tongue fish, a spot, pogies and others. The time flew by and before we knew it the 2 hour trip was up and we were back at the dock. Highly recommended for all ages.
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