Animals living in the Coastal Brackish/Saline Lagoons/Marine Lakes habitat

The Coastal Brackish waters are particularly important because they are the primary breeding grounds for several different types of water birds. Also they serve as a nursery habitat for a big portion of the fisheries in the region. Without the habitat for the fish there would be a lot of other species that wouldn't survive. The non tidal marshes are found beyond the reach of tides and are dominated by plants such as the cattail. Tidal marshes are located inland of salt marshes where water movement is influenced by the tide. These marshes are overtaken by plants such as the pickerelweed, wild rice, and arrow arum.

The Saline Lagoons are partially separated from the sea due to sand, shingle banks, rocky sill, or a sea wall. These lagoons hold important invertebrate species such as the sea slug, sand shrimp, Starlet sea anemone, De Folin's lagoon snail, and the Lagoonal sea-snout cranefly. A freshwater supply is not necessary for life in the lagoons but some saline water is vital to its existence.

Marine Lakes are formed when landscapes are flooded by rising sea levels. They are connected to lagoons forming a great habitat for all sorts of marine organisms and jellyfish. One lake in particular, sometimes called Jellyfish Lake in Palau, is home to the golden and moon jellyfish. Tourists of Palau are amazed by this lake and often go snorkeling with the jellyfish there. Although the jellyfish have stingers they are not harmful enough to actually cause damage to a human.


Marine otter
La plata otter
Common otter
Speckle-throated otter
Hairy-nosed otter
Indian smooth-coated otter
African clawless otter
Sea otter
North american otter

Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows

Amazonian manatee
American manatee
African manatee

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