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Estuary is derived from the latin word aestuarium meaning tidal inlet. An estuary is the place where freshwater meets the ocean (saltwater) resulting in a mixing of fresh and saltwater called brackish water. The estuaries of the world act as nurseries for thousands of marine animals, they provide a safe area for animals to mate and young to grow large enough to survive in the larger ocean. 

A short video of the nature found in Blakely Harbor. Filmed on Bainbridge Island, WA, this video shows the diverse life of a harbor. Listen and see how many birds you can identify.


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