Graceful Swimmer – Spotted Eagle Ray

There are few more exciting finds while snorkeling or diving than to see the graceful swimming of the Spotted Eagle Ray. This interesting animal is found in tropical and other warm waters in coastal areas. In the Florida Keys, we see them swimming atop the coral reef or in our bays and nearshore waters. They’re […]
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Dry Tortugas American Crocodile Relocated to Everglades

The Dry Tortugas are a small, remote cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West. This Dry Tortugas American Crocodile hasn’t seen another member of his own species since he swam out here in 2003 — which makes it difficult not to think of him as the World’s Loneliest Crocodile. by shannon collingsworth This American […]
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Name The Key West Navy Base American Crocodile

Over the last several years, some new arrivals have taken up residence at Naval Air Station Key West’s airfield on Boca Chica Key: American crocodile. “We don’t know exactly how many we have,” said Ed Barham, the environmental director for the base. “But we know we have four or five of them pretty much all […]
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Dolphins Plus Swimming Summer Camp – Key Largo

Dolphin Kids is our weeklong marine science summer camp for kids ages 6 -10, hosted at our beautiful Dolphins Plus Bayside facility. Campers learn about all sorts of subjects, from local ecosystem ecology to dolphin communication and behavior. Best of all, our dolphin camp makes learning fun through hands-on science activities, marine mammal lessons and […]
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Key Largo Woodrat – National Geographic Society

One animal that comes readily to mind when you think of the term “laboratory animal” is the venerable rat, a rodent that is as ubiquitous as it is reviled. Not all rats are “guinea pigs” for the lab, however. Some are highly prized for their rarity, such as Florida’s Key Largo woodrat.   The Key Largo woodrat (Neotoma […]
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Want to See More Florida Keys Butterflies in Your Yard

Do you love to watch wildlife in your yard, especially birds and Florida Keys Butterflies? Do you often wonder if your home’s landscape attracts them? If your landscape doesn’t have a mix of native trees and shrubs, it’s likely you’re not seeing as many varieties of Florida Keys butterflies as you could be. With a […]
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Spring Time Florida Keys American Crocodile Mating Season

As with most crocodilians, the Florida Keys American Crocodile courtship and mating are stimulated by increasing ambient water and air temperatures. Reproductive behaviors peak when body temperatures reach levels necessary to sustain hormonal activity and gametogenesis. In South Florida, temperatures sufficient to allow initiation of American Crocodile courtship behavior are reached by late February through […]
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You Can Help Nesting Sea Turtles in the Florida Keys

March is the beginning of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season, when female sea turtles leave the ocean to dig nests and lay golf ball-size eggs in the sand. People can help sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches at night by leaving the beach as natural as possible. To do this, beachgoers should remove beach […]
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Magnificent Frigatebirds Masters of the Wind

The Florida Keys is an excellent place to see a wide variety of bird species. People flock to these islands from all over the world to get a glimpse at rare and unusual species that stop here during their migrations. We also have a great number of interesting birds that live here throughout the year. […]
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Loggerhead Turtle Finding a Place to Nap – The Elbow Key Largo – Video

Five species of endangered sea turtles are found throughout the marine waters of the Florida Keys, including the hawksbill, green turtle, Kemp’s Ridley, loggerhead, and leatherback.   Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters. But persistent population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their […]
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Texas A&M Helping Find ‘Key’ to Preserving Endangered Florida Key Deer

For the past several months, a Texas A&M University System institute has been actively involved in efforts to quash a screwworm outbreak in Florida that has jeopardized an already endangered species, said the director for the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. “While there had been no screwworm outbreaks in the U.S. for the past 30 years, […]
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Take Care of Your Fishing Line – Proper Disposal Saves Wildlife

Fishing is a key component of the Florida lifestyle as well as the state’s economy. But fishing line and other fishing tackle frequently enter Florida’s aquatic systems as a result of incidental snags or improper disposal. When left in the aquatic environment, fishing line and tackle create potential traps for unsuspecting wildlife that can become […]
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White Pelican is a True ‘Snowbird’ in the Florida Keys

This week we will dive into learning about the American White Pelican, one of two pelican species that can be found in North America. The American white pelican is one of the country’s largest birds, with a 9.5-foot wingspan, only second in size to the California condor. When standing on the ground, the white pelican […]
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Florida Keys Yellow Spotted Stingray – Video

YELLOW STINGRAY Urobatis jamaicensis Also know as Yellow Spotted Stingray. They inhabit shallow inshore waters, where they are typically found foraging in sandy or muddy flats near coral reefs or rocky formations. They utilize sandy flats and areas of sea grass in order to forage for small crustaceans and mollusks, while also using the deep sand and sea […]
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Brown Pelican – Not always Brown But Still A Spectacular species

A Wonderful Bird Is The Pelican A wonderful bird is the pelican His bill can hold more than his belican He can take in his beak Food enough for a week But I’m damned if I see how the helican by Dixon Lanier Merritt Did you know that a pelican’s pouch can hold up to […]
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Goliath Grouper Reopening Fishery Debate Ramps Up

After a several-year hiatus, state fishery managers will again address the topic of reopening the Goliath grouper fishery. The fishery was closed in 1990 due to extreme overfishing. Next month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hear a presentation from fishery biologists and will begin to discuss possibly opening up the fishery to a […]
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Iguana Hard to kill – Law Says Don’t be Cruel

Few want to publicly talk about killing iguanas, yet it’s a common practice. Iguana hunting on private property — whether your own or someone else’s with explicit permission — is perfectly legal in the Florida Keys with a few caveats. “You can kill it, but it has to be quick and immediate,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay […]
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American Crocodile at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

The lone resident American Crocodile at Fort Jefferson, in the Dry Tortugas, has been there for almost two decades, according to National Park Service rangers.     There were fewer than 200 when the American Crocodile was listed as endangered on the federal Endangered Species List in the 1970s. Now it is estimated there may […]
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Stingray: Best Observed From a Distance When Diving in the Florida Keys

There are many different types of fish found on the reefs near our shores. Some of them are difficult to see and even more difficult to identify. There are a few fish that are easy to spot and are familiar to many people, even visitors that have never been to the Florida Keys. Stingray is […]
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Sales of Florida Keys Spiny Lobster Down From Last Year

The normally red-hot Florida Keys spiny lobster fishery in South Florida seems to be cooling off this season, or at least Asian buyers seem to becoming more shrewd about the lucrative market. Spiny lobster is the Florida Keys’ most profitable commercial fishery, generating more than $50 million a year directly to the local economy. “Prices […]
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