Beach Ecosystem

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A beach ecosystem is one that is naturally formed by wind and waves and is our first line of defense against incoming storms.

These important habitats have a high diversity of marine life as you can see from the display. With harsh conditions due to the wind, waves, and poor soils, upland plant life is not rich in diversity, having mainly Sea Oats, Railroad Vines and Cabbage Palms.

The common marine inhabitants are numerous, including Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Sand dollars, Starfish, Jellyfish, Horseshoe crabs, Sharks, Porpoise, Snooks, Pompano, Mullet, Tarpon, and many other occasional visitors.

Due to the high number of marine inhabitants there are a high number of sea birds to prey on the resources that live all along our beaches. The most common sea birds include, Brown Pelicans, Ring-Billed Gull, Herring Gull, Laughing Gull, Black-Necked Stilt, Black Skimmer, Osprey, and an occasional Bald Eagle all there to utilize the rich diversity that surrounds our beaches.

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