Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Life

Your guide to organisms found in and around the the Bay.

Illustration of Algae



 Microscopic plants: the basis of the Bay's food web

Illustration of bethic organism


Benthic organisms

Bottom dwellers: worms, clams and more!

illustration of fish



Valuable for recreation, industry and the health of the Bay

illustration of insect



The Bay is a home and a breeding ground for many insects.

illustration of submerged aquatic vegetation


Bay Grasses

Submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay​

illistration of zooplankton


Microscopic animals: an important link in the web of life