CLEARWATER, Florida – Clearwater is known for its pristine white sand beaches that people visit from across the country and around the world, but with the area’s famous beaches comes an abundance of wildlife.
You can find out for yourself, but one of the best ways to observe and learn about the many creatures that call this area home is with the guidance of a seasoned professional.
What do you want to know
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium hosts tours that let people learn more about Florida wildlife
- Andrea Hermann is a marine biologist who enjoys teaching people about marine life
- The Sea Life Safari Nature cruise also includes an island excursion
A Clearwater Marine Aquarium ship can introduce you to all the marine life.
Preparing the nets and casting them into the bay is a daily activity for Andrea Herrmann. As Senior Marine Biologist at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, she works with a multitude of different animals that inhabit the ocean.
But one of her main goals is working aboard her Sea Life Safari Nature cruises, which help you explore and learn about the bay’s many sea creatures.
And although Herrmann has worked at the aquarium for four years, his journey as a marine biologist began at a very young age. Growing up with a fascination and love for manatees, she spent countless hours observing them and learning about the ocean. She later made this hobby her career, majoring in marine science in college.
Now she says she can’t see herself doing anything else and is proud of the work she does – educating and teaching adults and children the many ways to respect and protect the ocean.
The Sea Life Safari Nature Cruise excursions — which Herrmann leads with a small team of others at the aquarium — take you through Clearwater Bay.
However, what really sets these tours apart is the hands-on approach. Every day they cast a net and see what they can bring aboard the bay to examine. Everyone can guess what they might find day to day, but it creates an entirely new experience every time you’re on board.
And during the mid-cruise stopover, you and your family step off the boat to explore a small island where you can shell out and admire the natural beauty of Clearwater. It’s a full day adventure with a seasoned crew who will teach you about the wonders of the ocean.
The Sea Life Safari Nature cruise operates daily. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and for more information be sure to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium website.