Inshore Marine Habitats

Mason Harmon


"Although Florida's coasts are best known for their beaches, there are many other important habitats along the coasts and immediately offshore. Along Florida's shores, salt marshes and mangrove forests provide important habitats to numerous species. Immediately off-shore, the seagrass meadows and expanses of coral reefs fulfill similar roles.

Estuaries are also important to many species, although they are not a habitat any more than coasts are. Estuaries occur in areas where freshwater mixes with saltwater, usually enclosed in a bay to slow the mixing effect. So salt marshes, mangroves, and seagrass meadows can all occur within the same estuary. Additionally, they are valuable because the lower salinity tends to discourage the truly marine species from intruding which allows them to function as nurseries, hence their nickname" - The Cradle of the Oceans.

Abiotic and Biotic Factors

  1. Bird
  2. Plant
  3. Fish


  1. rocks
  2. Shells


GOOD: People come here to see the animals and some want to help them live and give people who can help money.

BAD: Upland restrictions of freshwater flow; removal of wetlands and grass beds; pollution from industrialization, urbanization, recreation, and agriculture.

Endangered Marine Animals

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Oyster's In The Wild

Pearl Oysters

Classification of Blue Crab.

Domain: Eukaryota

kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthopoda\

Subphylum: Crustace

Class: Malacstraca

Order: Decapoda

Infraorder: Brachyura

Family: Portunidae

Genus: Callinectes

Species: C. Sapidus