Everglades Boat Tours Provide Tourists a Close Encounter of the Natural Kind
By Jungle Erv • May 11, 2017
A trip to the Everglades isn’t just an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s also an escape into the warm embrace of nature.
Indeed, the Everglades is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the country. It is a place where you can’t help but be dazzled by the glory of nature—especially the menagerie of creatures that live there. Just what creatures can you expect to see? Following is a quick list of just a few of them.
Florida Black Bear and Florida Panther
If you thought bears and panthers don’t call Florida home, you’d better think again. In reality, the Everglades is a natural habitat for the Florida panther and black bear, two species that are considered critically endangered. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll see either of these majestic beasts, the prospect of sighting them drives legions of tourists to the Everglades—many of them drawn to airboat tours specifically, because of these boats’ ability to penetrate nooks and mangrove tunnels rendered inaccessible by other craft.
Thanks to the diverse ecosystems hosted by the Everglades, it is the only place in the world where these two giant reptiles co-exist. The Everglades is comprised of both freshwater and saltwater areas where alligators and crocodiles respectively reside. For those who might not be aware of their differences, a crocodile has a wider, U-shaped snout; crocodiles, meanwhile, have a sharper, V-shaped one. Airboat tour guides and other boat operators are happy to educate you about the animals as you enjoy the ride.
The Everglades also serves home to the West Indian manatee, one of the most iconic creatures in the Everglades. Sometimes called “sea cows,” these marine mammals weigh up to 1,000 pounds and measure about 8-13 feet in length. As their nickname suggests, these gentle giants spend hours grazing on marine grasses and other aquatic plants each day.
The manatee isn’t the only sea mammal to see in the Everglades—the bottlenose dolphin thrives here as well. Grayish in color, this dolphin lives in estuaries of the Everglades and measures about 8-12 feet long. They tend to live in pods of up to 15 dolphins each.
As you are soon to discover, Everglades boat tours offer their guests a surprisingly diverse set of fauna to appreciate. Is it any wonder why at least 1 million people visit the Everglades and surrounding areas each year?
If an intimate view of nature’s hidden wonders is your pursuit, along with the thrill of traveling on an airboat, book a trip with a veteran boat guide in the Everglades, such as Jungle Erv’s Airboat Tours.