Tampa Bay hosts some of Florida’s most diverse wildlife. From birds, to dolphins and manatees, to crabs and fish, there are many different organisms that call this estuary home.
The preserve encompasses an area larger than 1800 acres, including a 195 acre (2.5 mile long) barrier island, known as Shell Key.
While there is a wide variety of wildlife to be seen when outdoors and kayaking in Tampa Bay, among the favorites of tourists and locals alike are Bottlenose dolphins. These mammals are frequently seen swimming, jumping, and hunting while on tours and never fail to make visitors smile.