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Sea grass important part of coastal ecosystem - The Galveston County Daily News: Outdoors

February 11, 2016

Sea grass important part of coastal ecosystem

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    Photo by Irene Amiet/Special to The Daily News

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 1:42 pm

Despite the name, sea grass is actually not grass, but a flowering plant growing in what appear to be meadows.

Sea grass grows in inundated, saline environments and builds an important pillar of our coastal ecosystem.

Knowing of the plant's importance adds to its beauty. Galveston Bay sea-grass beds are where fish, wading birds, green turtles, dugongs and even the rare manatee roam.

The "meadows" harbor eggs of a multitude of species such as crustaceans and fish, as well as macro- and micro-algae, mollusks and bristle worms, all of which, in turn, are food for bigger animals. And many animals feed off the plants, too.