Mangrove Life

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An estuary is a shallow coastal area where fresh water and sea water mix. This transitional area of mud flats and mangroves is one of nature's most productive marine ecosystems that are heavily protected by mangrove islands from storms and erosion.

Most estuaries here in Florida are located along the southern coast where the everglades open up to the Gulf and the upper keys forming Florida Bay. This ecosystem thrives off the rich nutrients and protection, and due to this these estuaries play a major part in the reproduction of many fish, crustaceans, and birds.

All species that live within an estuary have to be tolerant to both fresh and salt water including all plant life. Some marine inhabitants include Oysters, Clams, Snails, Blue crabs, Lobsters, Shrimp, Stingrays, Hermit crabs, Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon, Mangrove snapper, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Ladyfish and Mullet all of which live a portion of their lives here in a mangrove estuary.

Along with the marine inhabitants utilizing the resources being provided here by the estuary, there are the sea birds. Most of which include Brown Pelican, Sea Gulls, Ospreys, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, and the Great Egret.

All of these species benefit from this transition between land and sea and also benefit from one another.

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