Bay Mouth Bar is located off of Alligator Point and becomes exposed during a small span of low tides every month. It holds what is reputed to be the largest diversity of predatory snails in the world. It is a location where famed biologist Dr. Robert Paine developed his theories on Apex predators. Dr. David Kimbro is follows up on that research, investigating how top predators on this group of seagrass beds affect the system as a whole, which in turn affects local fisheries and consumers. This video will show students that top predators have effects that can impact the entire ecosystem and the services it provides.
Learn more about the food web of this incredibly diverse habitat by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.