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Welcome to Biscayne Bay
Welcome to Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is a shallow, subtropical marine lagoon located on the southeast Florida coast. It extends approximately 35 miles from north to south, and varies from less than one mile to approximately eight miles in width. The bay is bordered on the west by the south Florida mainland and on the east by a series of barrier islands. Bottom types, water depth, temperature, salinity, clarity, wave energy and currents interact to create fascinating communities of plants and animals within the bay. A thin veneer of sediment overlays the limestone bedrock of the hardbottom community. Soft corals, sponges and calcareous algae cling tenaciously to the bottom while colorful fish hunt for food and hide from predators in the protection they afford. In areas where heavier sands and mud accumulate, soft bottom communities form. Vast meadows of seagrass grow in the soft bottom and clams, shrimp, crabs, sea cucumbers, octopi and other creatures make their living among the blades. Where these soft bottom communities meet the upland, mangrove trees take root and provide additional shelter for small fish and other marine life, as well as for coastal birds such as pelicans, ibises and roseate spoonbills. All of these features contribute to the exceptional beauty that makes Biscayne Bay a Florida Aquatic Preserve. Biscayne Bay es una laguna marina subtropical de poca profundidad, ubicada en la costa sudeste de la Florida. Cubre una extensión de aproximadamente 35 millas de norte a sur, y su ancho varía de menos de 1 milla a más de 8. Bordean la bahía al oeste el sur continental de la Florida y al este una sucesión de islas barrera. La variedad de fondos y profundidades acuáticas, las temperaturas agradables y la salinidad, claridad y fuerza del oleaje interactúan para crear comunidades fascinantes de plantas y animales dentro de la bahía. Una fina capa de sedimento cubre el lecho de roca caliza donde viven comunidades típicas del lecho calcáreo. Blandos corales, esponjas y algas calcáreas se aferran tenazmente al fondo al tiempo que brindan refugio a coloridos peces que allí se procuran comida y se esconden de sus predadores. En áreas donde se acumulan grandes cantidades de arena y barro, se forman comunidades de fondo sedimentario. Vastas praderas de vegetación marina crecen en el fondo sedimentario y almejas, camarones, cangrejos, pepinos de mar, pulpos y otras criaturas viven entre las hojas. Donde estas comunidades de fondo sedimentario convergen con la superficie terrestre, los manglares echan raíces que sirven de refugio adicional tanto para peces pequeños y otras formas de vida acuática, como para aves costeras tales como pelícanos, ibises y espátulas rosadas. Todas estas características contribuyen a la belleza excepcional que hace de Biscayne Bay una Reserva Acuática de la Florida.>

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This Web site was last updated on December, 2013.
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Photo credits: Elkhorn coral, Biscayne National Park; Sunset over Biscayne Bay, Biscayne National Park; Sailboats at Dinner Key, Michael Wray; Family kayaking, Michael Wray; Exploring Biscayne Bay, Biscayne National Park