On softer baby bottom sediments in shallow water, the subtidal seagrass meadows can be found. Seagrasses are now primarily found in Christmas Bay, although segrasses are reappearing along the north shoreline of Galveston Island as water quality improves and wetland protection efforts create pockets of shallow, protected water suitable for their reestablishment. The sunlight requirement of these plants limits their distribution to low turbidity waters. This habitat provides food resources and protective cover for a number of associated species. Juveniles of shrimp, crab and fish species leave the seagrass meadows as they mature.