Rarely seen in open waters, their preferred habitats include coastlines, bays and protected shores particularly in areas with sea grass beds in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world. It requires a moderate depth of sediment for its rhizome network. Turtle grass grows in the subtidal zone from approximately the low tide line to depths of 30 feet or more. Additionally, they will measure the relationships in these three states between blue crab growth and mortality and characteristics of the turtlegrass such as plant density and height. Within their depths lies a critical underwater habitat that teems with dynamic life.

Farther north, sparse populations grow as far as Galveston Bay. Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum) is an important seagrass found from Bermuda and southern Florida south to the Gulf of Mexico, the West Indies, Central America, and Venezuela. Habitat: Turtle grass requires water of high salinity in areas sheltered from extreme wave action.

It reaches depths of 20 m in clear water and can stand slight exposure to air at low tide levels. Expansion of its beds occurs by lateral growth of the rhizomes at their ends. Sheltered areas having muddy substrates are prime habitat. The researchers will determine the abundance, diversity, age, and mix of juvenile and adult animals that use turtlegrass as habitat in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. Turtle grass — one of five seagrass genera found along the Gulf Coast — thrives in the shallow waters of most bays and estuaries south of Rockport. Green Sea turtles nest 2 – 3 times per year with an average of 115 – …