turtles Seals and otters Animals in an Estuary Copperhead Quick Fact: *Tidewater is
water that is affected by the ebb and flow of tides. Estuaries are Important for living things (biotic): Variety of food for animals Nursery for eggs and babies
Protection from waves and severe weath Close to fresh water Natural filter (grasses, sand, soil mix) Recreation and commerce Estuaries Provide a Variety of Habitats shallow waters
river deltas fresh and salt water marshes
tidal pools sea grass and kelp beds mud and sand flats
wooded swamps rocky shores oyster reefs
sandy beaches Estuaries are important for humans Economic benefits: tourism/visitors, commercial fishing, transportation, shipping, and community living
Did you know? 1. Estuaries provide habitat for 75% of Americas commercial fish catch. 2. Estuaries provide more than 28 million jobs. 3. The average American Spends 10 recreational days on the coast of an estuary each year.
Health of Estuaries Unfortunately, an increase in concentration of people near estuaries is upsetting the natural balance of estuarine ecosystems. People can Harm Estuaries Channels are dredged, which causes sediment to get in the estuary and
cause higher turbidity. People Harm Estuariescontinued Shorelines are reconstructed to make room for housing and agricultural needs by filling marshes and wetlands. n a
b Ur ff! o n u r Water is polluted and recreation creates excess
sediments. Over fishing- fewer crab and fish stop the food chain for birds and mammals. The larger animals will starve. https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIxE OW1yn8U
Unhealthy Estuary: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=416 8 Loss habitat for animals and plants Loss of food for animals and humans Endanger or causing extinction of animals and plants
Water to dirty to drink or swim in No protection from severe weather Easier to flood Loss of money Lets have some fun VERY DIFFICULT TO WATCH! VIEWER DISCRESSION IS ADVISED!
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