BIMINI: THE GATEWAY TO THE BAHAMAS
Known as the Gateway to the Bahamas, the small islands of Bimini are located less than 50 miles from Florida, USA. The warm, clear waters of Bimini flow from the Gulf Stream up onto the Great Bahama Bank. These waters have made Bimini a world famous destination for Big Game Fishing, SCUBA Diving, and Shark Research.
The island cluster of Bimini has an abundance of shark fauna and diversity of marine habitats varying from semi-enclosed shallow flats bordered by mangroves, to open banks on the east, to current swept harbour channels, and to coral reefs sloping to the deep pelagic zone of the Florida current on the west.
NORTH BIMINI MARINE RESERVE
As the only mangrove nursery habitat on the western edge of the Great Bahama Bank, Bimini serves as a critically important site for replenishing numerous fishery resources throughout the western Bahamas and beyond. Commercially important species, such as Spiny Lobster, Queen Conch, and Nassau Grouper, all rely on Bimini’s inshore marine environment for survival. Countless other species of birds, reptiles, and fish are also dependent upon these same habitats, contributing greatly to Bimini’s tourism industry and ecological well being.
FAUNA OF BIMINI
Along with the amazing marine life that is found around the islands of Bimini, there is another world of extraordinary and endangered wildlife moving softly above the water line. Bimini serves as home for an abundance of beautiful terrestrial animals, from birds and reptiles to amphibians and insects.
Far from naming all of these different animal & plant species found here in Bimini, we have included just a few key and notable examples and hope you will enjoy discovering more about them.