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Goliath Grouper

The adult fish is generally brownish yellow, gray, or olive with small dark spots on head, body, and fins to help blend in to their rocky coral and muddy inshore habitat (waters up to 150 ft). Three or four irregular faint vertical bars are present of the sides of individuals less than 3 feet in […]

Creature of the Deep Sea

Similar to the Black Devil, the Fangtooth resembles what a monster you might see in a horror movie, stays in the deep waters, and reaches a maximum of 6 inches in length. When comparing the size of teeth to the proportion of the body, the fangtooth has the largest teeth of any fish in the […]

Facts About Bottlenose Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins are found in tropical oceans and other warm waters around the world. They were once widely hunted for meat and oil (used for lamps and cooking). Today, dolphins are threatened by commercial fishing with the use of nets. Though it’s for other species, the dolphin often become mortally entangled in the nets and […]

Queen Conch

The Queen Conch produces a large spiral shell with “spines” on it. These spines are thought to be for protection, but to human touch they are dull and non-threathening. The conch’s shell has a wide lip that has a rich pink color. Inside the shell is where the head stays which has two pairs of […]

Fun Facts About Blue Tang Fish

The blue tang is typically found on reefs in high current areas so that they can feed on zooplankton. Blue tangs are easy to spot due to their bright coloration. They are typically a vibrant blue with a yellow tail. They have two black lines. One lines the fish form the eye, along the back, […]

A Deep Sea Mystery

What makes the Black Sea Devil a deep sea mystery is there is less known information about it than the giant squid. What we DO know is this: A Female black sea devil can grow to be about the size of a baseball. The males are even smaller and are actually more of a parasite […]

Fun Facts About Giant Squid

For most of us, when we hear the word “squid” we either think of fishing bait or calamari. For Scientists, we can assume that they think of the Giant Squid– one of the largest mysteries of science. To see a live giant squid is a privilege not many have had. Most of everything scientists know […]

The Burmese Python In Florida and The Everglades

The importation and keeping of Burmese Pythons in Florida has led to some rather serious problems. People who no longer wish to care for their pythons, or whose pythons have grown too large to be kept in their houses, have been known to release their pets into the wild rather than have them re-homed or […]

Guidelines for Catch & Release Fishing

Decide beforehand which fish are to be kept and immediately release all others. Fish with barbless hooks or crimp and remove the barb. There’s no significant difference or mortality between catching fish with barbed/barbless hooks. The advantages of barbless hooks are: reduces time needed to dehook the fish, and less physical damage to the fish […]

Fun Facts About Squirrel Fish In The Florida Keys

The squirrelfish can be found at depths to 590 feet but more typically found within 100 feet. They are nocturnal. At night, they swim over sandy bottoms and sea grass beds at night searching for prey. During the daylight hours, they hide in crevices and under ledges within coral reefs to avoid predators. Juveniles form […]

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