Treasure Coast Trivia Stories

We love to make learning about our area fun! In the print edition of Inside Track Almanac we feature a little trivia quiz about all of the unique and, sometimes a little weird, things that make the Florida’s Treasure Coast so special. So, here are the answers to our Spring 2021 Treasure Coast Trivia!

The Indian River Lagoon is a system comprised of which of the following distinct bodies of water?

a. Mosquito Lagoon

b. St. Lucie River

c. Banana River

d. Indian River

ANSWER: River, on the Atlantic Coast of Florida; one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere and is home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals. Our lagoon is home to at least 35 threatened species. Nearly 1/3 of the nation's manatee population lives here or migrates through the Lagoon seasonally. The lagoon is a national treasure but faces constant threats. Learn more about it and ways you can get involved here.

How many ships comprised the doomed 1715 Spanish Fleet that was lost in a hurricane off our coast?

a. 3

b. 11

c. 7

d. 15

ANSWER: The 1715 Treasure Fleet was a Spanish treasure fleet returning from the New World to Spain. Wednesday, July 31, 1715, seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, under the command of Juan Esteban de Ubilla, eleven of the twelve ships of this fleet were lost in a hurricane near Vero Beach. Because the fleet was carrying silver, it is also known as the 1715 Plate Fleet (plata being the Spanish word for silver) Some artifacts and even coins still wash up on Florida beaches from time to time. Interested in more about the Spanish Fleet? Check out this website.

The first original member of Florida’s Highwaymen painters was

a. Harold Newton

b. Alfred Hair

c. Curtis Arnett

d. Roy McLendon

ANSWER: In 1958, a young African American high school student named Alfred Hair met local artist A.E. Backus, and soon an idea was kindled: creating an artistic path beyond the prevailing racial barriers of the times and toward a brighter, self-made future. The experienced artist recognized the emerging talent in Hair, and remembering the spirit of altruism that helped him start his own career, he became a mentor. With training in art, audience, and business, Hair launched a movement. He invented a new business plan for himself and a group of friends, whom he taught to paint and to sell paintings up and down the Atlantic coast of Florida … from the trunks of their cars. Learn more here.

The Indian River Lagoon is home to this, the nation’s very first wildlife refuge.

a. Jungle Trail

b. Archie Carr

c. Captain Forster Hammock Preserve

d. Pelican Island

ANSWER: Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) was established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt thanks to local resident Paul Kroegel, a German immigrant to the United States who helped establish Pelican Island as a bird sanctuary. It is located in the Indian River Lagoon off Sebastian. The island consisted of a five-acres of mangrove where thousands of brown pelicans and other water birds would roost and nest. At the time, many of these birds were hunted a poached for their feathers, an activity that Kroegel witnessed daily from his home on Barker’s Bluff, overlooking the tiny island. Kroegel began protecting the island's avian inhabitants with his shotgun and would stand guard at a time when neither state nor federal laws protected the animals. Eventually he was able to mobilize enough naturalists to influence the establishment of the nation’s first wildlife refuge. Paul Kroegel was hired as the first national wildlife refuge manager. He was paid $1 a month by the Florida Audubon Society. Learn more here.

The Indian River Citrus District is world renowned for its production and export of

a. Oranges

b. Lemons

c. Grapefruit

d. Mangoes

The Indian River Citrus District’s premium crop is grapefruit. Currently, the District raises 70% of the total grapefruit crop grown in the State of Florida. Three out of every four grapefruit that leave the State of Florida fresh come from this District. The most important market, in terms of the number of cartons shipped, is the country of Japan. The Indian River Citrus District accounts for over 95 percent of all Florida fruit shipped there. Europe ranks third. Here a number of countries import a total of 5 million cartons of Florida grapefruit annually. Historically, 80 percent of this grapefruit comes from the Indian River Citrus District. Learn more at here. You can also visit the Indian River Citrus Museum for a more immersive experience in Indian River Citrus heritage and history.

Fort Pierce is known for great fishing and holds the world record for the largest of this species.

a. Snook

b. Grouper

c. Red Snapper

d. Spotted Sea Trout

The Florida record speckled sea trout is 17.7-pounds and was captured in Fort Pierce by Craig Carson of Orlando. It was 39 ½ inches long and 18 7/8 inches in girth and was captured in 1995 and is considered among the top 50 record catches of all time by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). According to local news sources Carson caught the trout on a top-water Zara Spook plug while from an 18-foot flats boat at Tucker Cove, a backwater area off the main channel of Fort Pierce Inlet.

In the 19th century Jensen Beach was one of the world’s largest producers of

a. Bananas

b. Pineapples

c. Oranges

d. Shrimp

ANSWER: John Laurence Jensen emigrated from Denmark in 1888 and set up his pineapple plantation in what would become the town of Jensen. Within 14 years, Jensen was shipping over 1 million boxes of pineapples each year, earning Jensen Beach the title “Pineapple Capital of the World.” Freezes, fires and financial problems led to the decline of the industry by 1920 but the legacy of this wonderful fruit lives on. A stroll through Jensen reveals the pineapple as a recurring symbol around the area and every year, this history is celebrated during November during the Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival. Read more about Jensen’s pineapple history here.

According to the welcome sign, the City of Sebastian is the “Home of Pelican Island, Friendly People and Six” of these

a. Sunken Ships

b. Haunted Houses

c. Old Grouches

d. Nude Beaches

ANSWER: The Treasure Coast is home to plenty of sunken ships, a few haunted houses and even one nude beach but Sebastian claims exclusive rights to its beloved six old grouches. Nobody knows who they are and while the slogan’s origin remains a mystery, there are some theories. A former city clerk said the earliest reference she could find was in the minutes of a City Council meeting in 1954 when the slogan for the sign was adopted by resolution. Others believe that the grouches were the original six members of the City Council, including the Mayor, in 1924. Learn more about Sebastian’s colorful history here.

Which of these species of sea turtles do not nest on our beaches?

a. Loggerhead

b. Kemp’s Ridley

c. Leatherback

d. Green

ANSWER: Our pristine coastline is one of the most significant nesting sites for Loggerheads, Leatherbacks and Green Sea Turtles. While the smaller Kemp’s Ridley turtles can be found throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard including Florida, they aren’t known to next on our beaches. Kemp’s Ridley’s prefer the beaches of south Texas and northeastern Mexico and display one of the most uniquely synchronized nesting habits in the world. They gather off nesting beaches and come ashore in large groups, called arribadas, which means "arrival" in Spanish. Ninety-five percent of worldwide Kemp’s Ridley nesting occurs in in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Learn more about these turtles here.

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