Close up photograph of a magnificent urchin
  Sea urchins belong to the phylum Echinodermata (common name Echinoderm), which also include sea stars and sea cucumbers. There are approximately 7000 described species of Echinoderms living only in marine environments.  

Coral-covered ship wreck
  The offshore waters off West Palm Beach are a suitable habitat most marine life. Any new real estate, such as this ship wreck, are quickly colonized with corals, sponges, and fish life.  

Giant Caribbean Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)
  Anemones are close relatives of jellyfish and corals. They are active predators that use harpoon-like nematocysts to inject a paralyzing neurotoxin into their prey before the anemone consumes them.  

Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) silhouette
  All sea turtles are air breathers requiring them to breath-hold the entire time they are underwater. Their physiology is well adapted to the marine environment thus allowing them to stay submerged for sustainable periods of time. While active, a hawksbill sea turtle was recorded staying submerged for 56 minutes. While inactive (ie. sleeping), sea turtles have been recorded to last from 2 to 5 hours on a single breath of air.  

Female Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Carreta carreta)
  Loggerhead sea turtles feed on crustaceans and molluscs. Their powerful jaws allow them to easily crush the shell of a mollusc such as a queen conch.  

Seaweed Blenny (Parablennius marmoreus)
  The seaweed blenny lives throughout the western Atlantic Ocean from New York to Brazil. They are typically found at shallow depth hiding primarily in rocky crevices. Their diet varies from algae to small animals.  

  • Close up photograph of a magnificent urchin
  • Coral-covered ship wreck
  • Giant Caribbean Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)
  • Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) silhouette
  • Female Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Carreta carreta)
  • Seaweed Blenny (Parablennius marmoreus)
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