On this particular trip, I joined a mother and daughter from Iowa, Jenny
and Brooklynn. It was their first time in a kayak. Ian Gibbs, our guide, led
us on a two-hour tour of the mangrove trails in the lagoon, pointing out
the bird life and even a small cownose ray that approached our kayaks.
“I’m definitely getting a kayak when I get home,” Brooklynn exclaimed
when the tour was over.
We didn’t see any dolphins or manatees on this trip, but had an adventure
as Gibbs led us through narrow, twisting mangrove tunnels, barely wide
enough to navigate.
Did you know there are three types of mangroves? White, black and red.
Their long roots provide habitat for small fish in the lagoon. >>
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Kathy Jones and Fred Mays paddle together during a tour of the Indian River Lagoon in southern Brevard County.
An instructor with Fin Expeditions explains how to hold a paddle before the kayakers set out on
a tour at Thousand Islands Park in Cocoa Beach.