I took this from my book; Enjoying Life on the Indian River Lagoon Coast.
The Indian River Lagoon is nearly 170 miles long, and over its entire length, the timing of the IRL’s phenology varies from region-to-region. The IRL is a complex system, one composed of multiple lagoons, rivers, human-made inlets, mangrove forests and a host of other unique habitats.
Because of its geographic location relative to the Gulf Stream, the IRL system is a rare gem. Being super rich in biodiversity, its watershed stretches over temperate, semi-tropical and tropical regions.
Here is the monthly information for summertime on the diversity of it’s many ecosystems.
- Great Southern White Butterflies, ascia monuste roam the beaches and Lagoon.
- Red drum, sciaenops ocellatus begin to mate.
- The official start of the “Dog Days of Summer”.
- Go ahead and kayak from the beach, it’s the perfect time of year.
- At times, look for sharks to be thick in the surf – be aware and cautious, but don’t let them stop you.
- Take advantage of catching a snook, centropomus undecimalis in the surf.
- Remember, the longest day of the year is June 21st; good riddance hot weather?
The sea oat uniola paniculata beach sunflower, Helianthus debilis railroad vine, ipomoea pes-caprae and other coastal flowers reach full bloom.
Gulf, sinus passeres and southern flounder, paralichthys lethostigma moving along beaches and inlets
• Gulf, sinus passeres and southern flounder, paralichthys lethostigma moving along beaches and inlets.
- • The wind is blowing out of the southeast.
- Upwelling comes to surf, and water is cold.
- Sometimes in the summer the water is gin clear in the surf, so it’s an excellent opportunity to go diving or snorkeling.
- Mangrove (gray) snapper, lutjanus griseus are best in July/August.
- Tarpon, megalops atlanticus are BIG and small, too!
- Honey bees are roam over blooming black mangroves, avicennia germinans.
•Five females species of sea turtles grace our beaches during the mating season (March to October); loggerhead, caretta caretta, green turtle, chelonia mydas, Leatherback, dermochelys coriacea, Kemp’s Ridley, lepidochelys kempi and Hawkbill, eretmochelys imbricata. They are a sight to see laying their clutches (eggs)!
- Finger mullet, mugil cephalus reach the surf and with it a great migration of fish.
- Hurricane season is nearly peaking at the end of August.
- Bioluminescence is in full bloom in the Lagoon.
The sharks are thick.
Fall season surf is starting to pick up.