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Capt. Alex Saputo of Florida Backcountry Adventures specializes in customizing his 10,000 Island boat tours. We met Capt. Alex over ten years ago, shortly after he established his business, and speaking to him again recently we recognized that he hasn't lost any of his tremendous passion for the wonderful area surrounding Marco and the Everglades. He still strives everyday to make his trips unique - exploring new areas, teaching kids about environmental protection, seeking out rare species and magical photo opportunities. His love for the area shines through and he obviously enjoys helping his customers experience it and learn to love it too.Wildlife specific? Shelling specific? - It's up to youCapt. Alex takes immense pride in understanding potential customers' desires for their adventure and will fine-tune trips to meet their specific interests. Recognizing that tides are different each and every day, weather conditions will vary and wildlife responds differently depending on the time of day, Capt. Alex seeks to understand what his customers are hoping to see so he can tailor the trip to give them the best chance of seeing them. So there are no set departure times... if the primary objective is to go shelling on a deserted beach and high tide is at 10am, it doesn't make sense to leave the dock at 9am. Most trips are 2 to 4 hours in length and nearly all of them go past their time limit.Has much changed in the last ten years around Marco?The islands have definitely taken on different shapes over the years. In October 2005 Hurricane Wilma made landfall near Cape Romano and had a major impact on the local mangroves, kill-ing many, which in turn has contributed to the change in shape of the islands. This has possibly affected the way shells are washed up onto the many beaches in the 10,000 Islands. Also, more people are collecting shells so there is definitely more pressure on the good, collectible shells. But the great news is What Capt. Alex will bring:. A 22ft center console boat with shaded area, dry on windy days, suitable for 4 adults or 6 including children. . Ability to explore offshore if needed.. Intimate knowledge of the local waters, its birdlife, sealife, flora and fauna.10