by Shayne Benowitz
I don’t want to jinx it, but I think we’re going to eek out of this hurricane season without a single storm. Whereas last year, the tropics were churning throughout September, we have had a pristine start to fall. It would be silly to pretend that its not still steamy and sultry in the middle of the day in Key West, but temperatures have cooled some, a gentle breeze is refreshing, and even a little cloud coverage has offered relief from the sizzling sun.
Lately, whenever I’m on the water, my captains have waxed rhapsodic over the beautiful weather. The ocean is tranquil, flat as glass, and the distinction between the sandy seafloor and the turtle grass is so sharp the water swirls in shades of swimming pool aqua, deep blue, and sea green. It is truly a sight to behold when the only things differentiating the ocean from the sky are the western mangrove islands seeming to float in eternity.
On the parasail boat, we’ve been treated to acrobatic shows by pods of dolphins riding our wake or flipping in the water. We’ve seen large loggerhead sea turtles and even a few babies. From 300 feet in the air, our parasailors have watched an exquisite view of thousands of pink and purples moon jellies floating aimlessly through the ocean’s current.
According to our catamaran captains, the jellies haven’t been an issue at the reef. They’re mostly hanging out in the harbor and the Northwest Channel where we parasail. Clarity at the reef has been phenomenal, as well, with reports of 75 to 100 feet of visibility coming back day after day. Our lifeguards and guests are swimming with sea turtles, enormous parrotfish, schools of yellowtail, and so many more delightful creatures.
This is truly a fall for the history books. We’d love to see you in the Keys for your fall break. The sun is perfection, the water is warm, and we’re still having a great time at Fury!
Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer working on her debut novel. For more travel stories and a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe visit her Wanderlust Website at http://web.me.com/shaynebeth.