Indian River Lagoon – Quick Facts

DSCN2223Interesting Facts:
◾The IRL is North America’s most diverse estuary, with more than 2,200 different species of animals and 2,100 species of plants.
◾The IRL has 11 Outstanding Florida Waters (OFWs), including Canaveral National Seashore, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge.
◾The IRL varies in width from half a mile to five miles and averages only three feet in depth.
◾The IRL serves as a spawning and nursery ground for many different species of oceanic and lagoon fish and shellfish.
◾The lagoon also has one of the most diverse bird populations anywhere in America.
◾Nearly one-third of the nation’s manatee population lives here or migrates through the IRL seasonally.
◾The lagoon’s ocean beaches provide one of the densest sea turtle-nesting areas found in the western hemisphere.
These quick facts were provided by the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection. BLG

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