The Distinctive Habits of the Common Cormorant

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Whether standing sentry-still with outstretched wings or diving torpedo-style for fish, cormorants have numerous unique habits. Today, around 40 cormorant species span Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America, readily identified by their slender necks and bodies with signature hooked beaks. On the Gulf coast of Florida, you will see the Double-crested Cormorant, a large…

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Kayaking Adventures Await in Little Sarasota Bay

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As temperatures dip across much of the country, we are blessed in Florida as winter remains a magical time to explore Little Sarasota Bay by kayak. Protected from cold fronts by surrounding land masses, the bay offers moderately warm waters even in January and February. The cooler months bring lowered humidity and wildlife drawn to…

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The Magical Manatee of Little Sarasota Bay

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If you kayak around Sarasota, you will likely encounter a manatee. Manatees, also known as sea cows, are large aquatic mammals that are native to the coastal areas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. These gentle creatures are known for their slow movements, peaceful nature, and adorable appearance. Manatees are herbivores, and their…

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Exploring the Lido Key Mangrove Tunnels

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The Lido Key mangrove tunnels are a hidden natural wonder and an underrated outdoor adventure in the Sarasota area. From kayaking to walking, the mangroves offer visitors a chance to experience the beauty of nature up close and personal. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful day trip or an exciting afternoon activity, the Lido Key…

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Kayaking the Sarasota Mangrove Tunnels

Kayaking the Sarasota mangrove tunnels is a magical experience. The shaded canopies offered by the mangrove tunnels provide respite from the Florida summer sun, and the way the light plays off the mangrove roots, water, and greenery is breathtaking. Can a beginner kayak Little Sarasota Bay? We have been taking kayak tours out on Little…

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What Do I Need to Bring Kayaking?

We have been taking guided tours in Little Sarasota Bay for over a decade, and we’ve had customers from all walks of life and all age and experience levels. One great thing about kayaking is that nearly everyone can do it. Here are some tips that will make your tour even more enjoyable: Drinking-Water: Being out…

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Here’s Where Manatees Are In Sarasota, And What To Do If You See One

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One of nature’s most magical and gentle creatures, we are blessed in Florida to be home to more than 6,300 Manatee inhabiting our waters. The Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, is protected via the Endangered Species Act, and is currently considered “threatened.” The manatee Florida manatee population has recovered from approximately 1,200 in…

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Kayaking Safely: Our Covid19 Precautions

As the Florida economy begins to open up we are preparing to reopen our kayak tours of the mangrove tunnels on lido key. Out of concern for our customers and staff, we have been closed for the past 30+ days. Of course, we are still concerned about safety, but also very excited to get back out…

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Kayaking The Lido Key Mangrove Tunnels

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On the south end of Lido Key, just south of Longboat Key, is Ted Sperling Nature Park and access to the Little Sarasota Bay. The gulf coast of Florida offers myriad water adventures, but none are more magical than kayaking through the mangrove tunnels at Lido Key. The waters of Little Sarasota Bay put you…

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