Tag Archives: carnivore

TROPHIC LEVELS AND FOOD PYRAMIDS

There’s a reason why a food pyramid is shaped, well, like a pyramid, and a reason why food pyramids and food chains are divided into trophic levels. Watch the video, we’ll clue you in.

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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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SYMBIOSIS: PARASITISM

Parasites: some suck your blood, others live off your insides. Don’t watch this one before dinner.

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SYMBIOSIS: COMMENSALISM

Commensalism: a symbiotic relationship in which only one of the organisms benefit. Sounds a lot like free-loading to us.

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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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BIRDS OF CUBA

Cuba, like many islands, is rich with endemic life. Twenty seven species of birds can be found nowhere else in the world!

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PROWLING FOR PANTHERS

Who knew the largest cat in Florida would be so vulnerable?

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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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WEB OF LOVE: THE AMAZING COURTSHIP OF THE ORB WEAVERS

Ever wonder how spiders make babies?

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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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OWLS OF FLORIDA

OWLS OF FLORIDA

They might seem cute and fluffy, but lets just say they’re the silent but deadly type.

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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 BOBCAT

A wild cat named Bob. Now that’s funny.

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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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OMNIVORES

OMNIVORES

Picky eaters? Not these guys!

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HERBIVORES

HERBIVORES

Eat your veggies!

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CARNIVORES

CARNIVORES

Meet the eaters of meat. Grrrrrr.

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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 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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ANIMAL BYTES: THE NINE-BANDED ARMADILLO

ANIMAL BYTES: THE NINE-BANDED ARMADILLO

CHEW ON THIS: The nine-banded armadillo is a land mammal. Once in a while, however, he has to cross a small body of water. He has two very unique methods of doing this. Method one is floating on the surface. The armadillo can literally inflate his intestines with air, creating the buoyancy he needs to […]

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FLORIDA’S PLEISTOCENE MAMMALS

FLORIDA’S PLEISTOCENE MAMMALS

Mastadons. Giant ground sloths. Saber toothed cats. If you were a prehistoric human living in Florida around 10,000 B.C., you had bigger things to worry about than like…..what video game am I going to play next…..

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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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AMERICAN ALLIGATOR: REPRODUCTION

This video explores the amorous habits and life-cycle of the American Alligator. Who knew this cold blooded beast had such a soft side!

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AMERICAN ALLIGATOR: APEX PREDATOR

AMERICAN ALLIGATOR: APEX PREDATOR

Filmmakers Richard C. and Richard S. Kern explore the predatory habits of the American Alligator. Impressive footage featured includes up close and personal shots of a 10′ alligator underwater, as well as a night-feeding scene.

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