After our adventure with the car, we decided to stay close to the campground and take the Everglades Back Country Boat Tour at the Flamingo Marina.
We purchased our tickets for the 9 a.m. boat tour and joined approximately 8 other passengers.
It was really nice to not be on a crowded boat because in the afternoon the boat seems to always go out at full capacity.
It was a clear morning as we headed out the man made channel towards Whitewater Bay.
There are three different types of Mangrove trees in the area and this is an example of one of them.
There are also lots of air plants growing in the trees.
As we headed into the bay, we saw this Royal Tern on one of the mile markers.
In the afternoon, we returned to the marina for a ranger led Croc Talk. The Everglades is the only place where you can see both alligators and crocodiles.
The ranger had two skulls to help us distinguish between the two.
Crocodiles have long, pointed snouts shaped like a V, whereas alligators have a more rounded
snouts like the letter U.
The alligator jaw is broader than the crocodile jaw.
Crocodiles have toothier smiles, their upper and lower teeth interlock giving you an eyeful of both
sets of teeth.
The alligator skull is the one in the front of the picture.
And here is a crocodile soaking up the sun's rays.
We spied another one laying on the bank. We saw three different crocodiles in the water by the marina.
After our Croc Talk, we hung out at the Osprey nest watching the family interact.
It was a great day observing nature!