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I am heading to vacation in a few days but unfortunately I will be heading home the day of your next meeting. I would love to meet up and see how you guys run your meetings. I am an exec. in the St Louis club SEASL and we are always looking for ideas.

Couple of questions, I posted in the RC forum looking for places to take the kids snorkeling. Are there any places to see seahorses or horseshoe crabs? My daughter loves both of them. We found some grassy marshes a long time ago but my memory fails me as to where we were.

Also, any salt water stores that are worth a visit? I was amazed by the number of places you have. We are staying in the Seacrest Beach area in South Walton.

Thanks

Joe

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Joe, I know there used to be some decent snorkeling by the Jetty in Destin but have not been out there to do it in years. If you don't mind going out to Panama City there is a boat that takes people out to Shell Island and I seem to remember seeing some nice things out that way to snorkel as well. I wish I could remember the name of the outfit but I don't.

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Naval Live Oaks in Gulf Breeze has large protected grassbeds that people are welcome to snorkle. Ft. Pickens is just starting to open up after 3 years. I haven't been, but am very curious to see how much the wildlife reclaimed it.

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The grassbeds under the Destin Pass bridge have neat stuff in them, but usually not seahorses. Pipefish & filefish are more common.

Shalimar Yacht Basin ( marina ) has a jetty with some grassbeds, and those grassbeds often do hold seahorses. I've also found seahorses right under the main pier at Ft Walton Beach, but you'd have to be pretty masochistic and reckless to try that.

If the sargassum clumps are floating in at the beaches, look in them for seahorses, filefishes, and yes, even Sargassum Frogfish Histrio histrio. Also lots of nifty little shrimps and such.

There are numerous old dock & pier ruins scattered along the shore, but they're hard to find. If you can find them, though, they're pretty interesting since they don't get many visitors and are crawling with critters. Lots of cute little blennies are pretty much everywhere.

I don't know of anyplace to find horseshoe crabs.

If you go up and down the emerald coast you'll find that the underwater fauna changes considerably from one end to the other.

The stuff you see at pensacola is very very different from what you'll find at Panama City or Appalachicola.

OOH! Appalachicola is pretty far out of the way, but if you can get just east of it you'll start to see some really nice stuff that you can actually use.

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fazgood   

Excellent,

We are heading there Sunday and I have nothing planned except for good food, adult beverages and playing in the water with the kids.

"OOH! Appalachicola is pretty far out of the way, but if you can get just east of it you'll start to see some really nice stuff that you can actually use."

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Thanks to all,

Happy Reefing

joe

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