Tag Archives: fish

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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CARRIED BY CURRENTS

Ocean currents connect the world. For the most part, that’s a very good thing. However they also transport millions of tons of man made debris around the planet. That’s a very bad thing.

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EXPLORING CUBA: ZAPATA SWAMP

Take a journey into the depths of Cuba’s Zapata Swamp, or as some call it, Cuba’s Everglades. The largest wetland in the Caribbean, this place explodes with unique plants and animals!

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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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DRAGONFLY METAMORPHOSIS

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

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ANIMAL BYTES: THE ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE

Chomp chomp.

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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 YELLOW-HEAD JAWFISH

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

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CARNIVORES

CARNIVORES

Meet the eaters of meat. Grrrrrr.

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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 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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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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NO FUN BEING A FISH

NO FUN BEING A FISH

Being a small fish in a freshwater pond is no fun. You’re pretty low on the food chain, and you have to constantly watch your back. Alligators, turtles, birds….. even insects might find you to be a tasty treat!

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WHALE SHARKS:  BIG FISH, BIG POND

WHALE SHARKS: BIG FISH, BIG POND

Filmmaker Rich Kern swims with whale sharks off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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