The Dolphin Explorer docks at Keewaydin Island for about a half hour, which is how my two sons and I arrived to enjoy the serenity there. This uninhabited island offered a chance to take a walk on an eight-mile long Paradise Coast beach, collect interesting shells and swim in warm aqua waters. Among the shells easily spied were worm shell, calico scallop, lightning welk, moon snail, olive shell, and fighting conch, and less obvious were sand dollars and starfish. Additionally, a sea turtle nest was cordoned off to protect the eggs. A naturalist shared that he had spied a gopher tortoise near a path to the beach, doing its thing, eating Morning Glory vines and burrowing.
On shore, visitors can easily spy the golden silk orb spider, and numerous butterfly species such as the swallowtail, gulf fritillary, buckeye, white sulphur and zebra longwing – Florida’s state butterfly.
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