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Close up of a red cushion sea star

Red Cushion Sea Star (Oreaster reticulatus)

Red cushion sea stars are invertebrates with studded, colorful skin and found in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Bahamas.
Oceanic whitetip shark swimming in the open ocean. PC: Atese

Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus)

Oceanic whitetip sharks are top ocean predators with rounded white-tipped fins. They are found offshore in the open sea of deep tropical and subtropical waters.
Turtle grass meadow.

Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum)

There are 60 species of seagrass found worldwide, and seven of these species grow in Florida, with turtle grass being the most common seagrass found off the coast of Florida.
Orange Christmas tree worm. PC: Sebastien Barreau

Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus)

The Christmas tree worm is a species of polychaete marine worm that is most commonly associated with hard corals in shallow tropical coral reefs around the world.
Brown pelican sitting on a pier in The Bahamas.

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

The brown pelican is a non-migratory bird that makes its home around shallow waters of the America's Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts.
Atlantic ghost crab resting on Sargassum

Atlantic Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata)

The Atlantic ghost crab is a common species that can be found along the Atlantic coastline of the United States. 
Green sea turtle swimming showing carapace

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

The large hard shelled green sea turtle is an endangered species that have been around over 110 million years but faces many threats today.
#ANGARIDeepDive - Floating Sargassum mat.


With over 360 species of this floating algae found around the world, Sargassum is important to the many marine animals that depend on it.
Green moray eel and nurse shark in an underwater cave

Green Moray Eel (Gymnothorax funebris)

The green moray eel is one species out of over 800 other species of eels and they belongs to an order of fish called Anguilliformes.
Green dwarf seahorse anchored to seagrass

Dwarf Seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae)

The dwarf seahorse has a maximum height of 1 inch, making this species the 3rd smallest seahorse in the world.
Common bottlenose dolphin with head above water

Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

The common bottlenose dolphin are a very social and smart species that travel in pods, sometimes consisting of more than 100 dolphins!
Tiger shark in The Bahamas. PC: yfhishinuma (Creative Commons).

Tiger Shark (Galeocerda cuvier)

The tiger shark is mainly a solitary animal found in tropical and temperate waters and is identifiable by the dark stripes running down their bodies.
Giant manta ray in Florida. PC: Bryant Turffs

Giant Manta Ray (Mobula birostris)

The largest of the all ray species, the giant manta ray will be found gliding through temperate, tropical and sub-tropical oceans.
Atlantic blue marlin leaping out of the water.PC: Hannes Ribbner

Atlantic Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans)

The Atlantic blue marlin is a fish with an unmistakable bill and a high, pointed dorsal fin. They are extremely fast.

Flamingo Tongue Snail (Cyphoma gibbosum)

The flamingo tongue snail is a few centimeters long but stands out against the sea fan or whip coral it lives on due to its coloring.
French angelfish swimming over coral reef

French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru)

The French angelfish can be found on coral reefs around the Caribbean and as far as New York, Brazil, the Gulf Coast and eastern Atlantic at Ascension Island and St. Paul’s Rocks.
Manatee swimming in open water. PC: 33karen33

Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris)

Florida manatees, a sub-species of the West Indian or North American manatees, are herbivorous marine mammals that grow up to 13 ft and 3,500 lbs.
Caribbean reef octopus on seafloor. PC: Rob Atherton

Caribbean Reef Octopus (Octopus briareus)

A master of disguise, Caribbean reef octopuses are found in warm waters around coral reefs and grassy and rocky seabeds.
Large giant barrel sponge on edge of a coral reef.

Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia muta)

The giant barrel sponge is the Caribbean’s most iconic massive reef invertebrate and can be found throughout the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
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