Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a body of water that connects to the Atlantic Ocean and lies to the South of Louisiana. Its watershed is nearly two million square miles. All of the water carried by the streams and rivers that connect to the Mississippi River will eventually end up in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico is home to 29 different species of marine mammals, including dolphins, small whales and the West Indian Manatee. It is also home to the Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles and hundreds of thousands of species of fish and smaller marine life, including plants, many of which live in the Gulf of Mexico’s beautiful coral reef habitats.