Coastal Ecology

Coastal Ecology

The North Jetty at Sebastian Inlet is a living laboratory. One fascinating observation we make as surfer-scientists regards the Sabellariid worm reef that grows at Sebastian Inlet. Along the base of the pilings of the north jetty, the worm reef often grows large apple-bottom shaped colonies. These colonies are an¬†intrinsic part of the coastal ecology […]

Surfing's New Superstar

Surfing’s New Superstar

One of the coolest interplays between a marine ecosystem and a surfing wave occurs at Sebastian Inlet. A peculiar sessile invertebrate, commonly known as Worm Reef, periodically builds colonies along the base of the north jetty. By collecting suspended nutrients and sediment, the Phragmatapoma lapidosa build colonies in the intertidal zone. Plus, they like it […]