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Barrier Beach Experience

Enjoy shelling with us on remote beaches and viewing the abundance of Southwest Florida wildlife on the Barrier Islands!

Given the range of our study, the Dolphin Explorer visits several remote beaches. One is Keewaydin Island. Pictured above, it is the longest unbridged island on the west coast of Florida. Over 140 loggerhead sea turtle nests were sighted here this summer.

Our work also takes us into the salt water river and bays of Marco Island and the estuary and mangrove forest surrounding that area.

The Dolphin Explorer is a 47-ft. powered catamaran designed for Gulf, bay, and estuary waters. It is perfect for getting “up-close and personal” to observe and photograph marine life.

Check out the photo gallery below for sights commonly seen on our unique beach excursions!