While I don’t have any amazing photographs for your viewing edutainment today I do have some tantalizing and titillating (don’t you love that word..) information for you, my worthy readers.
The Indian River Lagoon is truly an amazing place. In the 1800’s it was taunted as prime property for hunters and fisherman because of the abundance of wildlife and it’s mild climate. Before that, Native peoples populated many areas, leaving middens and mounds along the way. Have you ever heard of the Windover site? It is located in Titusville and was home to the remains of a people who lived there over 7,000 years ago.
The Lagoon, is unique in that it hosts the most diversity of any Estuary in the United States. Over 4,000 species of organisms call this place their home. I’m not going to spend a lot of time writing a lengthy expose on the IRL, but instead I am going to direct you to variety of sources where you can learn more… and you should, because the more you know, the more you care.
BTW. The IRL is not a river. There are three distinct parts that have been named the Indian River, The Banana River, and the Mosquito Lagoon. ALL are part of the what is referred to as the Indian River Lagoon System. The water does not flow to the sea but is instead influenced by tidal and meteorological activity. As an estuary, it historically contained brackish water (a good mix of salt and fresh water). This brackish quality allows marine fish to use this area as a nursery and freshwater fish to utilize the water as well. Oh, and you know that story about Sharks in the IRL? It’s True.
Read more here:
Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory
The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program