Their very roots are a seemingly impenetrable thicket of interlocking crab legs walking on the beach, but Mangrove Trees are even more complicated than they look.
They can be found around the world, part of the estuaries of many big cities, but also in remote locales far and away from any rumbling engine.
Three species can be found throughout Florida, and they are part of the amazing symbiosis of fresh and saltwater in greater Miami. Here are ten amazing facts about mangrove trees.
10. Mangrove trees are the world’s only saltwater tree.
9. Baby Lemon Sharks love mangrove trees, staking out turf around them to practice hunting crabs and small fish.
8. Mangrove hammocks are carbon super storage ecosystems, even outpacing land forests for their ability to soak up CO2.
7. Three type of mangrove trees grow in Florida: Red Mangroves, Black Mangroves, and White Mangroves.
6. The roots of the tree help to hold down the shoreline from the endless lapping waves of the salty sea.
5. Chopping or cutting a mangrove tree in Florida is totally illegal, even on private property.
4. The mangrove seed is a pod that falls off the tree and then floats around in the ocean until it finds a good spot to plant itself and start a whole new island.
3. Birds go fishing, build nests, and dry their wings in the branches of the mangroves, and their poop helps fertilize them.
2. Mangroves are an important spawning area for fish, shrimp, even lobster and other crustaceans and invertebrates.
1. Snook fish love mangroves.