Episode 804: Beneath the Bridge

The Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida, is known as one of the best shore dives in the United States. What appears as an unlikely dive site at first is home to a rich variety of marine life, ranging from sea horses to manta rays. A scientist from Florida Atlantic University is studying the two species of octopus that live here, to better understand how these animals can co-exist in one area without competing with each other. In addition, a group of dedicated underwater photographers is contributing to scientific knowledge by documenting the large number of nudibranchs, or sea slugs, that live beneath the bridge.

Experts

Meet the experts featured in this episode.

Special Thanks:



Force-E Scuba Centers
155 East Blue Heron Blvd
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
(561) 845-2333


Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

Chelsea Bennice

Anne DuPont

Sandra Edwards

Linda Ianniello

Jeff Nelson

Naples Daily News

Diane Randolph

David Sanchez

Gabrielle Winters

Special Thanks:

Jim Abernethy

Carolina Cuadra

Paula Echevarria

Christy Andreoni
Phyllis Man
Kelly King
Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission

Karen Richason

Web Extras

Off the Coast of Palm Beach County

Not far from the Blue Heron Bridge, the reefs and wrecks off Palm Beach County, Florida, are home to diverse marine life, including sharks and sea turtles. Divers visit this area from near and far to drift with the currents and enjoy the view.

Life Beneath the Bridge

The Blue Heron Bridge in Palm Beach County, Florida, is home to many unique fish and crustaceans. Divers come from near and far to explore this popular muck diving site.


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