Red Reef Parp, that is!

Red Reef Parp is a beach parp that has an artificial reef* right on the shore. Here's a video a snorkeler took of the reef underwater.

Growing up in Florida, you really don't appreciate the beach like you should. In fact, I probably went to the beach on average just once a year, if that. A lot of it has to do with the unpredictability of the weather in Florida, making it hard to plan a trip to the beach. There was also the fact that most of the time I lived in south Florida, I was an awkward teen who had trouble enjoying herself at the beach because of body image issues.

Here's a jelly for the jealy!

Here is a little Portuguese man o' war. Unlike a jellyfish, which is a single organism, the man o' war is actually a collection of organisms. What they and jellyfish do have in common is that they sting. If you see one of these man o' wars floating in the ocean, GTFO because their tentacles are REALLY long (~33 feet) and can extend horizontally to sting you!

*Until I Googled Red Reef Park as I was writing this, I had no idea that this reef was artificial; in fact, I'd never heard of an artificial reef before. For a 6th grade science project, we were assigned to go to this reef and write down our observations. I wonder whether our teacher knew that this reef was artificial. Needless to say, when I found out this reef was artificial, I was crestfallen.


This article describes some of the environmental concerns regarding artificial reefs.