Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Eco Scavenger Hunt by Kayak

You never know what you'll see in the marshlands behind Holden Beach, but you almost always see more creatures at low tide when the water has receded from the creeks and the animals are out feeding.

This summer Beach Fun Rentals at Holden Beach started a new division called Outside South Adventures. We offer surfing and kayaking adventures, and one of our most popular trips this year has been our eco scavenger hunt from kayaks.

Common sights include fiddler crabs, blue crabs, laughing gulls, great egrets, red tailed hawk, mud snails, marsh periwinkles and shrimp jumping in the boats (no kidding!). On the less common end of the spectrum, we've also seen the following on scavenger hunts this year - dolphin, sea turtles, glossy ibis (below), osprey, great blue herons, Florida conch egg casings, stone crabs and diamond-back terrapins (a marsh turtle).

The eco scavenger hunt is great for kids of all ages, but come prepared to get out of the boats and walk around in the marsh (CLOSED-TOE SHOES REQUIRED). The hunt is done as a team game and you'll earn points for all the creatures you find and correctly identify. You'll be playing against all other teams from prior eco tours so come prepared to score big. For a list of all the past teams and their point totals go to our Outside South website. Don't worry, we educate you before you go and give you cheat sheets to take along.

If walking around in the marsh muck looking for creatures isn't your bag, but you'd still like to get out on the water and try kayaking, go on our Marshland Tour. We run the Marshland Tour at high tide which allows for deeper exploration of the backside creeks - and cleaner feet at the end of the trip. Come check us out!

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