Some of the marine life seen just steps from the shore on Lido Public Swim Beach.
This eco-system is a nursery for many important species.
However, this area is at risk of being buried in sand by the proposed beach renourishment project in Sarasota County.
Children and adults love snorkeling at this area which has lifeguards, wash offs, Lido Beach Restaurant, bathrooms, and more just steps away.
|A juvenile blue tang (which is yellow when a juvenile), and juvenile sailors choice (a species of grunt)|
|(From left to right) juvenile white grunt, spotfin butterflyfish, and sheepshead|
|Giant hermit crab in lightening whelk shell|
|Well camouflaged Florida swimming crab|
|Juvenile beaugregory (damsel fish)|
|juvenile white grunt, sailors choice, lane snapper, and sheepshead|
|False pilchard, and juvenile sailors choice|
|Juvenile white grunt, and spotfin butterflyfish|
|Juvenile sailors choice, and slippery dick wrass|
|Juvenile white grunt, with juvenile sheepshead in background|
|Juvenile sailors choice, white grunt, and slippery dick|
|False pilchard, sailors choice, and sea pork colony (tunicate)|
|Juvenile sailors choice, lane snapper, and dwarf wrass|
|Black Sea Bass|