70% of the fish in tropical and subtropical waters – like Southwest Florida's – are either born or grow up in estuaries where the rivers meet the sea and salt and fresh water mix. Meet some of the fish that call estuaries home: cowfish, filefish, puffers and striped burr fish, and get to know Florida’s premiere gamefish – the snook.

Also in this Gallery: The Grassflats Exhibit, where you’ll see how estuary animals hide and live within seagrass blades. Meet horseshoe crabs and sea stars, fighting conch and sea urchins.