Snorkeling program delivers different aspect of the national seashore

Underneath the sparkling sun-kissed surface of the water off the shore of Naval Live Oaks, no more than a couple of feet really, there is a world that many forget exists.

Tucked away in the seagrass that covers large areas of the bay floor are various forms of sea life, everything from fish and hermit crabs to jellyfish and stingrays.

“Most visitors don’t realize more than 80 percent of (Gulf Islands National Seashore) is water and is underwater,” said Sandra Tennyson, the supervisory park ranger for the national seashore. “There are so many creatures and critters that a lot of people don’t even know about because we can’t see it.”

And this is where the weekly snorkeling program comes into play. It opens a door for those interested to throw on a mask and snorkel, wade into the warm water, and swim around for an hour or so checking out the life in the seagrass.

The best part about it is that it’s free. Snorkel gear is even provided. The program begins in the spring and runs through the end of September, taking place each Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Read the full article in the Sept. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

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