Sykes Creek is the main tributary within Banana River Aquatic Preserve.
The most important spring habitat (300-500 individuals/survey day) for the
east coast population of manatees has been the northern Banana River (2001,
Florida Manatee Recovery Plan). Large numbers of manatees use the Banana
River almost year-round.
The Banana River supports the largest pelican rookery on the Atlantic Coast,
a significant population of alligators, and diamondback terrapin turtles.
Favored by recreational fisherman, the shallow seagrass and mangrove based
ecosystem supports large gamefish.