My Mangroves & Manatees Tour

My tour with Pastor Eddie began at Fort Pierce Outdoor Center’s convenient launch site directly facing the famous Tucker Cove. Tucker Cove is a very popular attraction for locals and visitors and is one of the main reasons that our location is so amazing. It is easily accessible by boat, kayak, or paddle board and is the perfect place to take a break after a long day on the water. Tucker Cove or “The Cove”, has been a prime relaxation spot for decades in the Indian River Lagoon. Locals have grown up here and brought their children and grandchildren here, to experience the beauty and serenity of this famous hangout. On my tour with FPOC, we stopped at the cove to cool down and learn more about the plants and animals that live there. On the way, our group crossed paths with a beautiful Manatee and a Spotted Eagle Ray as well as cool fish like Snook and Sheepshead. Other animals that can be found near and around Tucker Cove are Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Anhingas, and Roseate spoonbills. While we were there, Pastor Eddie taught us all about the White Mangrove and its amazing ability to maintain its environment. The White Mangrove is generally found in salty environments and has leather-like leaves are light green in color with a silvery yellow cast on the back. Living in such an environment has made them able to excrete extra salt through special pores on their leaves. This ability results in a layer of crystallized sea salt on the backs of the leaves. We were tasting them and they were surprisingly very salty! We also took our boards through a mangrove trail called the car wash. This trail is so cool because you have to duck your head and lay flat on your board to get to some parts of the trail.

Another stop on my tour of the inlet park was Dynamite Point where we learned some history about how it got its name. Dynamite Point was once a training site for the early WWII Navy Frogmen (SEALS), where its main purpose was to practice underwater demolition. This generally involved the use of dynamite which is why the point would receive its name. Many of the 140,000 Navy personnel stationed there practiced for the D-Day invasion of the European Coast. Based on local testimony, some even remember war submarines being parked there! After the war, many people still had not settled in Florida so land was abundant. Many of the former enlisted men and others began moving here to buy up property and start new lives where it was warm!

I really enjoyed everything about my tour with eddy and was happy that we learned so much about the surrounding areas. My favorite part was when i kissed my first jelly fish! My lips tingled afterwards and we were surprised to learn that the substance that stung my lips can be released as a defense mechanism to subdue unsuspecting swimmers. Thanks for a great day Pastor Eddy!