When fresh water reaches the Chesapeake, it mixes with salt water from the Atlantic Ocean to create brackish water. Ecosystems that contain brackish water are called estuaries. The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America. It is also home to over 2,000 species of plants and animals! Some of the most well-known animals are oysters, crabs, and striped bass (rockfish).
Did you ever wonder what makes a bay, a bay? Join Ms. Beth to learn the answer to this question and see a cool science experiment!
Meet one of the most famous inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Blue Crab. Mr. Chris teaches us the unique characteristics that help this crustacean survive in our local estuary.