The St. Johns River is an estuary. The classic definition of an estuary is a semi-enclosed body of water, open to the ocean but diluted with fresh water. The lower basin of the St. Johns River fits that description precisely. …Read More »
Tag Archives: River Life
We live in a rhythmic world and hardly realize it. Usually when we think of rhythm, we think of music and the beat of the drums and bass as they set the tempo for the melody. But nature has its …Read More »
Boring is not a description normally associated with river or ocean life — at least not if the definition used means dull and uninteresting. But boring is the topic for this column — not in the unexciting way but in …Read More »
Water, water, everywhere and no place for it to go. When will the water level in the St. Johns River return to normal?
That seems to be a recurring question that I am getting more and more frequently. Normal is …Read More »
Giant squid are not something you are likely to find in the St. Johns River, but these mystical creatures have fascinated me for a long time.
They were first introduced to me in my first general zoology course as a …Read More »
One of the most popular game fish in Northeast Florida is locally sometimes called red drum, redfish, or simply reds. I say locally and sometimes because the species goes by many other names depending on where you are and who …Read More »
Has it ever occurred to you that the St. Johns River is very much like a symphony? Jacksonville is blessed to have an excellent symphony orchestra. I was at the final Jacksonville Symphony Masterworks Concert performance of Mahler’s 5th…Read More »
By Dr. A. Quinton White
One of the ubiquitous animals in the lower St. Johns River is the barnacle. However, they are both a blessing and a curse as far as life on the river goes. A blessing in that …Read More »
Growing up in the Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia near Norfolk, we used to play in what we called the “mudflats.” Later, in college and graduate school, I began to appreciate how important these areas were to the ecology of …Read More »