Our river dolphins are Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, but they spend their entire live in the Indian River Lagoon.
So, if you would like the opertunity to see these amazing creatures, give SUP Eco Adventures a call at 321-507-6058 or drop us an email at email@example.com. All our tours are by resevation only, to ensure we keep our groups nice and small and limit our footprint when we visit our local wildlife.
They are adapted to swim, fish and survive in the different waters of the Indian River Lagoon. For example, the waters of the Indian River Lagoon average only 3 or 4 feet deep. The dolphins have adapted to the swallow waters and can easily maneuver in the area.
When baby dolphins are first born, they actually have a small amount of fur, which they lose as they grow older.
Dolphins are found in temperate, tropical and subtropical water
On average can swim 2-4 mph, but can reach speeds of up to 20 mph
closest relative: no it’s not the cow, it’s the elephant. They are mammals, which mean they must breathe air, just like us.
Danger zone: When the water temperature drops below 68 degrees, the manatees are in real danger of going into shock.
Why 68 degrees: Although they look like they have huge layers of fat, they really don’t have the huge insulation layer of fat like a seal or whale. They have a ribcage which runs the length of their body and protects their vital organs such as lungs.
Biggest danger: Yep, boats. Not just boat propellers which will cut deep into the manatee, but also a boat strike which can easily break a rib and puncture a lung (very bad news for the manatee).
SUP Eco Adventures, uses great stable boards to ride the waters of the Indian River Lagoon. This allows up to paddle in the channels without disturbing the wildlife. We get to sit back and watch the dolphin feed and swim in the local waters. If you need a great way to spend a day in February, give us a call at SUP Eco Adventures. We paddle every day except Tuesday (even we need a day off), and are always happy to introduce new folks to the great sport of paddle boarding
Although, we cannot guarantee dolphin on our stand up paddle board tour, we do tend to see dolphins on an almost daily basis. It is an amazing site to be able to sit or stand on a board only feet from dolphin swimming nearby. We here at SUP Eco Adventures also make it a priority never to disturb the local dolphins. We found we sit back and just watch, and many times the dolphins will get curious and decide to take a closer look at us. As I said, we sit back and watch, never chase our awesome local dolphins. We watch as mama’s with little ones, swim by us as she teaches them to swim. Take a look at some of our host, who let us join them in their beautiful amazing habitat.
Most modern SUP boards come in a variety of sizes and shapes, all working to fill the users’ needs. Most boards range in length from 12 to 8 feet long. In addition to difference length, the width of the board can also vary, from 33 inches to as narrow as 27 inches. In addition to the difference in sizes, the general purpose boards also come in a vast array of shapes. Many boards offer an elevated rocker (nose), which allows the board to be used for greater surf performance. The different sizes are out there to give individuals a choice of boards which will fit their need, whether looking for a board which can be surfed with high performance or a great flat water board or a board which can be used for an all-around board, these general purpose boards are designed to fit your need.Most general purpose SUP boards come equipped with either a single fin or a three fin configuration. This difference in fin configuration is again designed to meet the users’ needs. If a user wants a board which has higher performance in the surf, then the three fin thruster configuration might be the way to go. Other users are looking for a board which will track straighter on flat-water, therefore a larger single fin configuration might be the way to go.
Most individuals who are looking to purchase their first stand up paddle board will get a general purpose board. This will allow them to experience the amazing sensation of walking on water and provide them a platform which they can use in the surf or the flat-water. Contact SUP Eco Adventures at www.supecoadventures.com or via email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on stand up paddle boards.
Most stand up paddle boards can be put into one of three classes, general, race and cruising boards. Most boards are designed to be utilized on either flat water or surf. Most individuals when they first start paddle boarding begin on a general SUP board. This is the board which most closely resembles a surf board. It normally has rounded rails, a stringer running down the center, elevated rocker and a deck pad. This type of board offers great stability and can be used in either flat-water or surf conditions.The second type of SUP board is the race board. This type of board is a designed to be fast and cut through the waves. This board is generally not used to learn on since its design is narrow and its not normally as maneuverable as a general board. In addition, a race board is much more responsive making it tippier and more difficult to ride. This design leads to a board which is much faster through the water and is best utilized by someone who is experienced.
The final board design which is now starting to make its mark on the market is the cruising board. This board is longer than a general board but wider than a race board. This board tracks straighter and is stable. This board will allow you to travel greater distances while carrying additional loads without affecting its paddling characteristics.
When picking a board, this is just one of the questions you should ask yourself, “What am I going to be doing with the board?” This will go a long way in determining which type of board to purchase and what your overall SUP experience will be. So, whether you’re looking for a board to surf waves, explore the flat-water or do some flat-water exploration, there is a stand up paddle board made for you.
This time of year the water on the Indian River Lagoon becomes very clear and warm, which draws in some of our special guests. The manatee come through our area to feed on the local sea grass and mangroves. While we were out on one of our recent paddle boarding tours we found ourselves surrounded by five manatees and one decided to be very friendly. As you can see from the video, it was very happy to see us and swam between a couple of boards just to investigate and say hi.
First photo of the day for 2012– A great day out on the water with SUP Eco Adventures first and most supportive guest. Loved spending time with her again.
A great time out stand up paddle boarding, even with some rain coming in! We had a great time with Amanda and her family as we paddled around the Indian River Lagoon. We paddled out and got caught in a rain on the way back. Call us to join SUP Eco Adventures to book your adventure today.
Merry Christmas from SUP Eco Adventures
With the beautiful weather we are having in Central Florida, this is some awesome time to be out on the water. Stand Up Paddle boarding on the flat-water of the Indian River Lagoon this time of year is some of the most perfect weather. The air temperatures are in the high seventies and the winds are less than ten miles an hour. We’ve had some great days these last two weeks as we’ve taken our guest out on the water to follow wind protected mangrove lined channels. With the water temperatures now hovering around sixty-nine degrees, most of the manatee have moved to warmer water, but now our daily visitors are the dolphin pods.
Recent article in the Florida today
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This is a short video of what our stand up paddle board area looks like in November. It’s a beautiful time to go for a paddle around our prestine area. A few minutes from Cocoa Beach, Vero Beach and Melbourne Beach, the flatwater allows beginner paddlers to learn how to SUP, without having to deal with the swells and waves of the Atlantic. Winter does bring bigger waves on the ocean, but the Space Coast has plenty of areas on the Indian River, which provide an awesome area to stand up paddle board. Contact www.supecoadventures.com to book your adventure today.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Made Easy
As fall sets in on the Space Coast many are turning to the surf which is now kicking up in the Atlantic, but for those individuals who don’t want to head out through eight to ten foot swells, there is another way to get out on the water. Stand up paddle boarding is still a great way to get out on the water to see the sights, get exercise or just spend some time outdoors.
While the rest of the country is getting hit with early winter storms which are bringing huge amounts of snow, down power lines and long cold evenings, central Florida is having some amazing weather. Our mid-80’s temps and calm winds are the norm. Communities up and down the Florida coast are starting to come alive with surfers hitting the waves. But, along with the surf, Fall also the ideal time for Stand Up Paddlers to hit the water. The temperate weather makes for amazing trips through the mangroved lined waterways.
Dina and Fernando were awesome instructors and tour guides. It felt more like a morning with friends than a tour. They were knowledgable about the manatees, the wild life, and the surrounding area for restaurants. Not only did we get to see manatees (a first for both of us), Dina and Fernando took plenty of pictures and provided us with them. Will do this again the next time we are in Melbourne, Florida. Thank you Dina & Fernando, this expierence is by far one of our best vacation excursion.
this was the best thing to try in melbourne! we were able to see manatee up close as well as other wildlife. check them out on facebook!
I have always wanted to try SUP, and while vacationing in Melbourne my wife and I were anxious to learn. We discovered SUP Eco Adventures by seeing one of their brochures at the hotel, and called a booked a tour. The tour was led by Dina and Fernando, the owners of SUP Eco Adventures and they were wonderful.