Lagoon Minute

Thursdays 7:50am 5:48pm

Learn more about our Indian River Lagoon and how you can get involved with community groups and people who are actively engaged in restoration.

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HORSESHOE CRABS

The Horseshoe Crab is the oldest creature in the Lagoon. Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs at all, they are actually more like spiders.

As a species they are 450 million years old, older than the dinosaurs.

They look like small tanks with tails, with ten eyes and ten legs concealed under an exoskeleton. They crush their food between their legs. 

Parks Along the Indian River Lagoon

Turtle Mound – Canaveral Seashore

Have you seen a 50-foot high pile of shells shaped like a turtle? This prehistoric archaeological site located on Highway A1A nine miles south of New Smyrna Beach and is the largest shell midden on the mainland United States. The mound extends 600 feet along the Indian River shoreline and contains over 35,000 cubic yards of shells. It used to be 75-feet high but was mined for shells to build roads.

Seahorses

Did you know there are 47 types of seahorses and they are considered fish? Three types of Seahorses [the Lined, the Longsnout and the Dwarf] once cavorted in the sea grass beds of the Indian River Lagoon. These unusual creatures range from the size of a lentil bean to the length of a banana. They are monogamous and greet their partner every morning with a special dance that may involve changing color – as a way of bonding and celebrating each other. And instead of females, the male seahorses carry the developing seahorse embryos in a kangaroo-like pouch

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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