The coastal environment of the Gulf of Mexico is an amazing place. The year-round sunshine and tropical climate are the perfect catalyst for a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. Manatees, bottle-nose dolphins, sea turtles, whale sharks and manta rays are just a few of the hundreds of intriguing species you may encounter here. Limestone reefs and historic shipwrecks coupled with vast estuaries lush with seagrass beds create habitat for thousands of fish species ranging in size from your fingernail to a school bus. Each species that you will encounter has a unique story that we will get a glimpse of and interpret from our own perspective. From the obvious to the discrete, you will have an opportunity to see it all with a customized tour with marine biologist Capt. Eric Weather.
I have always been drawn to the water, it inspires me to, as Thoreau said, Live Deep! In 2002 I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Marine Biology. Since, I have worked as a biologist in many different communities across the country. I have led scientific expeditions into the mountains of the Pacific North West, the seas of the North Atlantic, the remote reaches of the South West, through the vast estuaries of West Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. In every roll I have made it my mission to help connect communities with their environment through science and education. With Weather Eco I aim to inspire a culture of exploration for my clients that will allow them to relax, take a deep breath and experience that childlike joy of discovering the incredible intricacies of the environment around them. You don't need to go to the deepest darkest reaches of the Ocean to explore, simply put head in the water, look around and you'll be amazed at what you discover.
We searched long and hard to find a vessel suited to carry out the mission of Weather Eco. Named after the small city in New York where Captain Eric spent his childhood Miss Batavia was originally commissioned for one of the founders of Home Depot as a weekend Bahamian getaway vessel. At 31' in length and 10' wide she is reliable and stable, with plenty of space for the family, lots of shade, a clean bathroom and a pair of safe, quiet and very well maintained motors. She is annually inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard for safety and is perfectly appointed for fishing, diving, island hopping, marine mammal observing, birding, cruising with the family or enjoying a romantic evening with a loved one. This vessel also carries out a multitude of marine science related missions to enhance the local knowledge of our environment and provide data to develop more robust and accurate scientific analysis.