Southern third of Florida, showing Florida Bay in pale green off the southern tip of the mainland
Florida Bay is the bay located between the southern end of the Florida mainland (the Florida Everglades) and the Florida Keys. Its area is variously stated to be 800 square miles (2,100 km2), or 850 square miles (2,200 km2), or 1,000 square miles (2,600 km2). Nearly all of Florida Bay is included in Everglades National Park. The southern edge, along the Florida Keys is in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The bay muds of portions of Florida Bay have been cored to develop insights on the paleontology of previous biota. It has basins with banks in between which are great fishing grounds. The fish caught there are mangrove snapper, mackerel, and various others.
It is considered the "waterspout capital of the world", as the area has as many as 500 waterspouts per year. They are most common from June to October, but they can occur at any time of the year.
- ^ Everglades National Park, Park Vision
- ^ Florida Bay, Encyclopædia Britannica Online
- ^ The Ecology of Florida Bay, by Daniel Phirman
- ^ Global security.org – Naval Air Station, Key West
Coordinates: 25°00′01″N 80°44′59″W / 25.00028°N 80.74972°W