Florida Bay and Florida KeysFlorida Bay, beyond the southern tip of Florida and along the southern shores of Everglades National Park, is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist. Interspersed throughout Florida Bay are numerous mangrove island keys. Mangroves whose roots and trunks trap mud, leaves and other debris form these keys. A key may grow in size as material is accumulated.
The Florida Keys is a chain of small islands and reefs that extend in a southwesterly arc off the coast of South Florida. The only living coral reef in the continental United States runs east of and parallel to the Keys, a few miles offshore. The Florida Keys are made of fossilized coral rock and are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the south side and the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bay on the north side. Wildlife found in the Keys includes waterbirds, alligators, crocodiles, loggerhead turtles, Key deer, and manatees.
Come for a boat ride and visit some of the mangrove key islands found in northeast Florida Bay, or stay on the mainland and visit the State Geological Site of Windley Quarry.
Take a 360 degree virtual tour of Florida Bay at the USGS - SOFIA website
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