back button

100 dpi image

The Florida reef tract, the third largest barrier reef in the world, extends from Fowey Rocks, near Miami, to the Tortugas, off of Key West. The system arches in a southwesterly direction for 221 miles and includes approximately 6,000 patch reefs. Although coral reefs cover only about 1 percent of the world's ocean floor, they contain a huge diversity of life. One preliminary report recorded over 550 species on one reef in Key Largo and it is estimated that this represents only a small fraction of the resident species. (photo: Florida Keys NMS)

Download/Display 300 dpi image
NOAA logo Revised November 22, 2005 by Sanctuaries Web Group
Many links leave the National Marine Sanctuary Web Site - please view our Link Disclaimer for more information
National Ocean Service | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/pgallery/pgflorida/habitats/habitats_8.html