Florida Feature – Fiddler Crab

Florida’s members of the fiddler crab genus, Uca, make their home in the tidal sands of mangrove forests. These crabs are experts at living with the daily flow of water in and out of their habitat. What’s in a Name? Fiddler crabs get their name from the male’s large claw. While it may look useful […]

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Florida Feature: Gulf Sturgeon

Fall in Gulf of Mexico estuaries bring a curious visitor to its saltwater habitats. As the water begins to cool, gulf sturgeon migrate from their summertime rivers to saltwater feeding grounds. These animals that have been around for 65 million years, about as long as our modern sharks, tell a story about water as they […]

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What’s that chirping? It’s not baby birds!

Sea turtles are one of the most famous reptiles and their summer hatching season fascinates us. However, a lesser-known reptilian hatching event happens in August and September every year. Not much is publicly known about alligator nesting, as mother gators tend to nest in areas away from the prying eyes of humans. Throughout June and […]

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Florida Feature – Magnificent Frigatebirds Vacation in Florida

The 7-foot wingspan of a magnificent frigatebird is unmistakable. They dwarf other birds as they glide on air currents above coastal Florida. Our state hosts the largest frigatebird species and the only nesting colony in the United States, located in the Dry Tortugas. Their summer breeding season brings the open-ocean species in to the shore […]

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Sea Lice – The Summer Dilemma

During the summer months, some swimmers in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico encounter something called “sea lice.” While interactions with the creature causes itchy skin similar to lice bites, “sea lice” has no relation to true lice other than being animals! Sea thimbles, the true cause of the infamous “sea lice”, are a […]

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