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Resources of Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics
  • Archaeological Features

    The aquatic preserve contains submerged Archaic and Paleoindian sites. There are Deptford sites and some Swift Creek sites in the north, Weeden Island sites in the south. In addition, there are 19th century shipwreck sites near the Withlacoochee River, Suwannee River and Cedar Key.
Mixed seagrasses
  • Natural Communities

    At least 19 natural communities are represented within Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve. However, most of the aquatic preserve is comprised of seagrass beds, unsurprisingly, and saltmarsh. Other benthic communities include mollusk reefs, algal beds and sponge beds. The rivers of the aquatic preserve can be either spring-run streams or blackwater streams.
  • Wildlife

    The whole of the aquatic preserve, with its seagrass beds and saltmarshes, provides nursery and forage areas for finfish and shellfish, including commercially and recreationally important species such as mullet, sea trout, redfish, shrimp, oysters, and scallops. It also provides habitat for manatees, ospreys, bald eagles, sea turtles, sturgeon, dolphins and many other species. Fifty-two protected plant and animal species are known to be found in the aquatic preserve.



Last updated: November 24, 2015

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