Liquid Pastures of Life

Liquid Pastures of Life

In 2015, Tampa Bay had 40,295 acres of seagrass, the most observed on the bay’s bottom in 60 years! Needing sunlight and clear water to grow, seagrasses are a living benchmark of the bay’s health. Bradenton-based photographer Jimmy White, an avid diver, captured this stunning underwater image of turtle grass, one of three seagrass species found in Tampa Bay.  Seagrasses support a “who eats who” web that nurtures bay creatures big and small, from manatees to shrimp. Seagrasses also capture and store carbon, dampening the effects of climate change.

Did you know? Seagrass is not a true grass, but a flowering plant that grows underwater. In Tampa Bay, seagrasses are typically found in waters 6 feet deep or less.

Did you know? Seagrass is not a true grass, but a flowering plant that grows underwater. In Tampa Bay, seagrasses are typically found in waters 6 feet deep or less.

Photo by: Jimmy White
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