Many of the eco tour guests are surprised to learn that the Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most diverse estuary system and has been designated as an Estuary of National Significance. Here, where salt and fresh water mingle, are more than 4,000 species of plants and animals, including 35 listed as threatened or endangered.
Mangrove plants line shorelines and provide habitat for many species of animals and invertebrates. Birds such as osprey, pelicans, ibis, herons, roseate spoonbills or even bald eagles are commonly seen. In the estuary, bottlenose dolphins chase pods of bait fish, and manatees charm us with their slow-moving gentle ways as they swim with their newborns. Numerous species of fish live in the Indian River Lagoon, including mullet that leap from the water and the predators that savor them, such as saltwater trout and redfish. Sea turtles traverse the River. Each outing is a new adventure as the estuary reveals its seasonal treasures.
As your Captain skillfully navigates the backwaters of the lagoon, you will experience first-hand the solitude and natural beauty of this Florida treasure while learning of our efforts to ensure we preserve its uniqueness for generations to come. Nearly every day of the year you can enjoy one of the following tours on board “Discovery” which enthrall visitors and residents alike. Our vessels are United States Coast Guard inspected.