Winter turns to Spring quickly on Shell Key. This time of year, the sun becomes warmer as its angle rises back toward it’s summer perch high in the sky. Yet, the gulf water temperature will remain cool for a while longer. The combination of warm rays and cool ocean breeze makes this one of the more pleasant times of year to visit the island. For campers, the nights are still comfortably cool – and the mosquitoes & no-see-ems are still relatively low in numbers.
One of the things I love about springtime on Shell Key is that gulf waters are still clear of the plankton blooms that will occur during summer. Its a great time to explore the sea bottom with mask and snorkel – or just wading along the seashore.
This is also a time that boaters begin to visit the preserve in larger numbers. If you would like to participate in one of our scheduled island maintenance missions, please check out our volunteer page.