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Sargassum Shrimp | by Seth Patterson
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Sargassum Shrimp

Sargassum, the brown seaweed commonly found washing ashore on Texas beaches, is actually a floating estuary. Forming mats miles in length, it is home to many endemic species--such as the Sargassum Fish, Crab, Nudibranch, and Shrimp. These animals are perfectly adapted to life in the Sargassum, sharing a common color and texture with the floating algae that allows for optimal camouflage.

 

This rich array of endemic species also provide perfect feeding opportunity to a wide variety of juvenile marine species--such as Dolphin Fish, large Bill-fish, Triple-Tale, Snappers, and hatchling sea turtles--which all seek protected shelter in the Sargassum.

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Taken on August 24, 2009