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  • Snook Recover After 2010 Cold Snap

    "An interesting aspect of the snook population is documented in the telemetry study from the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. They acoustically tagged 30 snook in the 9-square mile Banana River No-Take Reserve near Kennedy Space Center. This is one of the oldest no-take reserves in the country. They looked at the movement of snook within protected waters and beyond.They examined the no ... Read more

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  • The Eagle Has Landed... or Not

    One of the most popular charismatic mega fauna in our waters is the spotted eagle ray. Kim Bassos-Hull, from Mote Marine Laboratory, has been studying spotted eagle rays (SERs) since 2009. Her work has centered primarily along the coast from St. Petersburg to Sanibel Island. She is collecting data in the Florida Keys to enhance and expand her studies, but as of today, no critical habitats for ... Read more

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  • Oh! Those Sweet Red Lips!

    I want to spend more time watching redlip blennies. They mate beginning at first light in two week cycles that start ten days before the full moon. The mating sessions last about three hours each morning, and males generally have female visitors every day. Sometimes the same females come back, but usually there are different mixes among males and females. Females spawn every other day with up to ... Read more

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  • Damselfish May Be More Aggressive Than You Think

    "How aggressive are damselfish, pound for pound? As it turns out, divers invading their space is not the only thing damselfish exhibit aggression over. I don’t blame them for defending their territory when I’m trying to get a shot. That’s common, and can be comical. The species in our waters vary in size, color and behavior. There is an excellent, detailed chapter on all the damselfish species in ... Read more

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  • Spadefish Have to Dig Their Way Out of a Hole

    "Spadefish are the only species of its family that reside in the Western Atlantic. In the Pacific there are at least six species of spadefish, where they are also commonly known as batfish. While they are common in the Keys, in other parts of the Caribbean they are not as prevalent. I’ve seen schools numbering in the hundreds from the south end of Molasses all the way up to Carysfort. One of the ... Read more

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  • Wrasses: the Smartest Fish?

    series Marine Life
    "While I was researching goatfish for the last column, I realized there is another group I have not paid enough attention to in my reef travels. Wrasses. This is a large and diverse family. Wrasses seem to be everywhere. They are quick and colorful. Perhaps some of the most vibrant colors on our reefs belong to the family of wrasses.Worldwide there are over five hundred species of wrasse. Here we ... Read more

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  • This Goat Is a Hero

    series Marine Life
    "Classified as a “nuclear” species, goatfish truly play a leadership role. Other species are attracted to the substratum-disturbing foraging. And when several goatfish are involved in the fray, the groupies increase in number and diversity.Single goatfish usually have up to three “follower” species at a time. Goatfish groups attract up to six follower species. These are primarily benthic ... Read more

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  • All Puffed Up

    series Marine Life
    "Puffers are a group of species I like to shoot, especially the larger varieties. They have a shy, but jovial personality. At least they always look like they are smiling. Sometimes they won’t turn around to face the camera, and sometimes they don’t seem to care. They are not exactly speed demons of the reef, so a little patience and the right positioning as you gauge their path can provide good ... Read more

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  • A Whale of a Good Time (Maybe)

    series Marine Life
    "As I stood on the boat with my morning coffee and watched the people pile in the boats and head out to the whale sharks, my immediate reaction was “we are in a whale shark theme park”. Pop in a roller coaster and a hot dog stand and we have an instant attraction for the entire family. An Imax theatre would be nice, too.Don’t get me wrong. I loved swimming with the whale sharks. But when I saw ... Read more

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  • Let's Wake Up an Eel and Go Hunting

    series Marine Life
    "While the vast majority of observations during the day are while eels are resting or on a cleaning station, a few times I have seen an eel coupled with a grouper. The first time I saw this was on the Winch Hole. A graysby came to a stop on a pile of rubble, and a goldentail came out from its lair. At first they just sort of looked at each other, then came cheek to cheek, touched, and took off ... Read more

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  • Hogfish Heaven?

    series Marine Life
    "Hogfish got their name because they root around the sea floor, like a hog roots around the barnyard. They are opportunistic feeders, like their barnyard counterparts, but feed mostly on crabs and mollusks. We have three species here: Spanish, spotfin and the big kahuna, Lachnolaimus maximus.I have been following the size limit discussions for the last several years, and I have to agree with some ... Read more

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  • The Glassy Side of the Reef

    series Marine Life
    "As Dr. Kelble points out, the variability of salinity levels in Florida Bay is incredibly important to the food chain. What does this have to do with minnows? Well, everything. He examined the relationship between mesozooplankton, salinity and bay anchovies.What follows is a massive oversimplification of his work, but after spending quality time last weekend with his dissertation, I think it’s ... Read more

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