The beautiful Sea Grass Beds seem to be to be just like a park, except under water. Vast, and green, and full of life. Perfect for a romantic stroll, or a game of hide-and-seek.
Habitat of the Month: Seagrass Beds
Photograph by Manu Sanfélix
Seagrass is a flowering plant that lives in a marine or brackish environment. There are about 50 species of true seagrasses worldwide.
Seagrasses are found in protected coastal waters such as bays, lagoons, and estuaries and in both temperate and tropical regions. Seagrasses attach to the ocean bottom by thick roots and rhizomes, horizontal stems with shoots pointing upward and roots pointing downward. Their roots help stabilize the ocean bottom.
Seagrasses provide an important habitat to a number of organisms. Some use seagrass beds as nursery areas, others seek shelter there their whole lives. Larger animals such as manatees and sea turtles feed on animals that live in the seagrass beds.
New research estimates that the world’s seagrass meadows store 20 billion metric tons of carbon, even though the threatened marine ecosystems make up only 0.2% of Earth’s surface.