Benwood Marine Biology

French Reef, Key Largo

Florida National Marine Sanctuary

Many marine lifeforms call the Bennwood shipwreck home. Acting as an artifical reef, the wreckage creates an environment suitable for a variety of marine life. In the image to the right, you can see several of the common grunts and snappers, as well as the dominant encrusting soft corals, such as the sea fans, growing at the site.Indiana University has been involved in monitoring the growth of the dominant coral life on the Benwood wreck for almost a decade.

Coral life Documentation by using a grid pattern.

Marine Biology Marine life surrounding the Benwood.

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Last updated: 22 October 2001
Comments: Underwater Science Program
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