Neptune Memorial Reefs™ Ecology

Redefining Green

The Memorial Reef™ is designed to serve multiple functions; one is to create a marine habitat. Every angle and texture of the Reef was engineered by a marine biologist to attract and support certain marine life to build an ecosystem. For example, vertical structures were shaped to support corals and coraling algae. Benthic animals are supported with the texture of the base. Arches in the Memorial Reef™ were designed with a decorative hole. The marine biologist noted the hole is a great hiding place, so designed a metal configuration that allows prey animals passage while blocking predators.

CREATING LIFE AFTER LIFE

In 2012, the Memorial Reef™ is already abundant with life. 56 different species of fish are identified at the Reef, the most abundant being the Bluehead Wrasse. Sergeant Majors, Bar Jacks, and Tomtates are also present in substantial numbers. Fish diversity at the site appears to be increasing. Many species of crab and the long-spined sea urchin are found in crevices.

Benthic organisms, such as sponge and hydroid, are substantially present, particularly on the vertical surfaces of the Reef. Benthic sand and rubble and algae prefer the horizontal surfaces. Filefishes, trunkfishes, and pufferfishes also seem to prefer the vertical surfaces.

In 2012, 195 coral colonies were identified and 14 species, 5 more species of coral than the year before. The Memorial Reef™ can be quite rightly called a coral reef. This growth in coral species and colonies is an important increase, showing the Memorial Reef’s™ artificial surface to be a suitable settlement habitat for reef building corals. During the 2012 study of the site, researchers observed other key species of the Florida coral reef community: spiny lobsters, spotted and green morays, cleractinian corals, keystone grazing urchin, and the rainbow parrotfish.

The Memorial Reef™ is developing its ecosystem at a faster rate than hoped, with more marine life than anticipated at this stage of development, and the added joy of unexpected species making an appearance. The Memorial Reef™ is an ecological success.

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Memorial Plaque

A personalized, commemorative plaque on the Reef is a simple yet truly memorable way to pay tribute to a special life.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Memorial certificate
$595
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Scatter at Sea

Honor a loved one’s life and legacy with the Scatter at Sea package.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Scattering in the open waters over the Neptune Memorial Reef®
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Scattering certificate
starting at $595
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Permanent Placement

Celebrate a loved one’s life and legacy with a permanent memorial in this unique underwater setting.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Your choice of Reef Placement – from Limited Release, Exclusive and Premium to Standard or Legacy placement options
  • Deployment to the reef
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Memorial certificate
starting at $2995
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Legacy

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Placement in the first phase
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$2995
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Standard

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Placement in the second phase
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$5995
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Premium

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Starfish, Seashell, or Coral
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$7995
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Limited Release

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Turtle, Stingray (Lucy - Straight Tail or Desi - Curled Tail)
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$9995
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Exclusive

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Crown Placement - Mermaid or Dolphin
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$12995
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Limited Release - Lion

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 30'' Simba
  • Personalized copper memorial plaque
  • Commemorative memorial plaque
  • Online memorial page
  • Optional commingle placement**
$24995
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You are welcome to be present during the mixing of the placement and is scheduled at the your convenience. You may also help with the mixing, add trinkets or a note to the mix or leave hand prints on the placement.

Family members are welcome to be present during a scattering ceremony or the deployment of a loved one's permanent placement on the Neptune Memorial Reef. This provides the opportunity for family and friends to gather and celebrate the special life of a loved one - and the chance to say goodbye. The Reef crew can assist with chartering a boat as well as scheduling at the family's convenience.