Tag Archives: aquatic

THE FOOD CHAIN

In the Everglades, as in all ecosystems, every living thing is linked to gether to form a very complex community. A simple “food chain” is a good illustration to show just a few of these important relationships!

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THE FOOD WEB

THE FOOD WEB

Choices, choices, choices…so much food to choose from!

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MOSQUITO METAMORPHOSIS

Believe it or not, this annoying little blood-sucker is way more amazing than we give it credit! Explore the weird, incredible life cycle of the mosquito…..but don’t forget your bug-spray.

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CENOTE: PASSAGE TO THE MAYA UNDERWORLD

Cave diving in the world’s largest underground river system is an adventure we’ll never forget. Welcome to the Maya Underworld!

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THE CORAL REEF HABITAT

Ditch the machete and grab a mask and snorkel. We’re gonna explore the “tropical rainforests” of the sea!

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STALKING THE GREY GHOST

Bonefish, AKA the “Grey Ghost,” are powerful, fast and highly prized by flats-fishermen in South Florida’s coastal waters. But they are disappearing. Fortunately, scientists and fishing guides are banding together to save these amazing predatory fish.

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THE EVERGLADES: RIVER OF GRASS

You might say the Everglades are a vast, stagnant swamp, full of slithering reptiles and stinging insects. But did you know they are considered to be an incredibly wide, slow moving river? Crazy huh!

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EXPLORING CUBA: THE GARDENS OF THE QUEEN

Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina might just be the most pristine and wild places left in the Caribbean!

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CYPRESS STRANDS AND CYPRESS DOMES

Welcome to the swamp, folks!

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DRAGONFLY METAMORPHOSIS

Who knew the dragonfly was such a mysterious shape-shifter?!

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CROCODILE HEAVEN

CROCODILE HEAVEN

In South Florida there are crocodiles living in a nuclear power plant…but it’s not exactly what you’re thinking right now!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE

Chomp chomp.

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE SPAGHETTI WORM

ANIMAL BYTES: THE SPAGHETTI WORM

Hungry, anyone?!

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THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE RED MANGROVE

THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE RED MANGROVE

It’s mangrove baby-making time!!

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THE SEAGRASS HABITAT

Take a peek inside the amazing and amazingly important world of the seagrass habitat!

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ELECTROFISHING AND CITIZEN SCIENCE

ELECTROFISHING AND CITIZEN SCIENCE

Find out how biologists and sport-fishermen are joining forces to understand fish populations in the coastal Everglades!

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INVASION OF THE SNAKEHEADS

INVASION OF THE SNAKEHEADS

With a name like “snakehead,” what’s there to like?!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE FLORIDA SOFTSHELL TURTLE

ANIMAL BYTES: THE FLORIDA SOFTSHELL TURTLE

What the heck is that?! About the weirdest-looking turtle you’ve ever seen!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE LETTUCE SEA SLUG

It’s like a submarine salad…a squishy, slimy slithering salad.

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE YELLOW-HEAD JAWFISH

The yellow-head jawfish is a terrifying monster of the sea. I’m totally kidding.

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SEA TURTLES AND THE GREAT ARRIBADA

SEA TURTLES AND THE GREAT ARRIBADA

On just a few beaches in the world, thousands of ridley sea turtles come ashore to nest at the same time. Check out one of nature’s great spectacles!

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SHARKS: PREDATORS IN PERIL

SHARKS: PREDATORS IN PERIL

Ancient. Powerful. Toothy. Threatened. Sharks have been the inspiration for books, movies and nightmares since humans took to the seas…but they’re way more important than we ever gave them credit. Now that we know, can we save them before it’s too late?!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE COMMON OCTOPUS

ANIMAL BYTES: THE COMMON OCTOPUS

Shoots ink. Has eight arms. Highly intelligent. Can you think of another animal as bizzare and fascinating as the common octopus?!

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE UPSIDE-DOWN JELLYFISH

ANIMAL BYTES: THE UPSIDE-DOWN JELLYFISH

What do you call an unusual jellyfish that spends much of it’s time upside-down, soaking up the sun’s rays on the ocean floor? Well, the “upside-down jellyfish,” of course.

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE COTTONMOUTH

ANIMAL BYTES: THE COTTONMOUTH

Meet the world’s only semi-aquatic viper. He swims, he’s got venomous fangs, and he can even squirt a stinky, repelling musk. No wonder he survives so well in a harsh environment like the Everglades.

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FLORIDA’S AQUIFERS AND SPRINGS

FLORIDA’S AQUIFERS AND SPRINGS

How many times have you popped open a plastic bottle of spring water and wondered where it came from? Probably not that often. But chances are that crystal clear water came gurgling out of Florida’s incredible, massive spring system. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!

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ARTIFICIAL REEFS

ARTIFICIAL REEFS

Home. It’s an important concept for us….as well as countless marine organisms that live in our oceans. We’re also finding out that artificially constructed habitats might be a great thing for everyone!

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Shark Adventures: Tagging Along

3/4/12  At 6:30 on a Saturday morning most people are enjoying their weekend slumber. I’m chugging coffee, blasting NPR, and clicking my way down US1 towards Islamorada. This time, skimping on sleep is an enthusiastic compromise. Today I’m embarking on a real adventure.  7:45 am.   Mile marker 85 appears. I turn towards the bay side […]

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MANGROVES: PROTECTORS OF THE COAST

MANGROVES: PROTECTORS OF THE COAST

A tangled mangrove forest might not be that attractive to your typical beach goer, but they’re pretty darn important. These highly specialized trees perform many functions that we take for granted….or probably don’t even realize!

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Into the Mangal

When we think of South Florida, even those of us who grew up here, I bet this is what we usually picture: the postcard snap-shot of an arching coconut palm framed by a rosy sunset on a wide, sandy beach. Sorry dude, you got the wrong picture. First of all, that arching coconut palm that […]

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MANATEES

MANATEES

Filmmakers Richard C. and Richard S. Kern explore the history, habitat and behavior of the lovable West Indian manatee

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ANHINGA: DESIGNED FOR SURVIVAL

ANHINGA: DESIGNED FOR SURVIVAL

The Anhinga is an Everglades resident uniquely suited to its wet habitat. With interesting adaptations that make the bird equally at home in the water as well as it is in the air, it truly is designed for survival.

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