It’s #EstuariesWeek! Estuaries are bodies of water located where rivers meet the sea or, in the case of freshwater estuaries, a large lake. The flowing river spreads out and slows when it meets the sea, creating a range of unique conditions that are not found elsewhere. This variety of environments provides homes for diverse wildlife, including popular fish species.
Estuaries are often called the “nurseries of the sea” because so many marine animals reproduce and spend the early part of their lives there. As the tide rises and falls, water depth and chemistry changes, creating a wide range of habitats. Filtered by plants such as marsh and seagrasses, moving water becomes still, allowing mud and food particles to settle at the bottom. These variations create safe conditions, making estuaries ideal homes for plants and animals who feed, grow, or reproduce there. Estuaries are also a major stopover point for migratory animals such as waterfowl and salmon.
Learn more about estuaries: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/estuary-habitat#estuaries:-nurseries-of-the-sea
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Photo: Morning mist in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Credit: Hansje Gold-Krueck; NOAA entry winner for the Estuaries and Rivers category. See more winning photos here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/announcing-2018-habitat-month-photo-contest-winners
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