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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 […]

Angels of the Sea

First identified and named in 1758, approximately 86 species of marine angelfish live in shallow reefs around the world. Queen angelfish have distinct electric blue bodies with yellow fins and tail. The fish may even have orange or purple highlights. Queen angelfish acquired their names from their “crowns”– a round black/blue spot on the top […]

Beautiful, but Invasive

When you see a lionfish, the first things you’ll notice are their red/white zebra stripes, long pectoral fins, and their needle-like dorsal fins. The second thing you’ll notice if you get too close is that those needle-like dorsal fins are venomous! Fortunately, the venom released from their dorsal fins is purely defensive (they are not […]

Tiger of the Sea

Barracudas are perhaps one of the most feared marine creatures for those who don’t spend a lot of time in the water, but those who do, crave underwater encounters with these misunderstood creatures. Many divers might agree that their appearance could be frightening at first– with a set of fang-like teeth, it’s no wonder barracuda […]

Big Poison, Little Fish

Best Key West Eco Tours To Discover Marine Life

One of Key West’s biggest draws is the tranquil, aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean that surround the island. The astounding natural beauty found here fosters a unique and diverse marine ecosystem. In the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Florida Straits stretch from Miami past Key West, making it […]

EELS

There are three types of eels you will find in the Florida Keys: Moray: green, spotted, goldentail, chain, chestnut, mulatto, purplemouth Snake: sharptail, goldspotted Garden: brown Morays vary considerably in size, skin diversity, and color. Their skin can be colored in a variety of hues such as brown, green, yellow, black and blue. Despite their […]

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