The future of navigation in Florida Bay is here and it’s confusing — or maybe it’s just that a picture is worth a thousand words and we don’t have the whole picture yet.
“Take care of him please. He’s been drinking and he’s not in the best state of mind...” On the night baseball star Jose Fernandez would die, in a high-speed boat crash whose tearful aftermath still lingers, his girlfriend sent that text message to Jose’s pal Eduardo Rivero, also doomed.
If manatees could drink champagne, now would be a good time to put on the party hats and guzzle some. The latest survey of Florida’s manatees turned up 6,620 confirmed sightings, the third year in a row to break 6,000. For the first time since surveying began in 1991, more than 3,000 were counted on each coast.
More than 13,000 feet under the sea, scientists have found a volcanic wonderland unlike any other place on Earth. The newfound ecosystem is crawling with life — hairy snails, ghostly shrimp and weird worms — including some species that may be new to science.
When the crocodiles of Joe Bay and Snag Bay decamped for Cape Sable, Everglades National Park had a good reason to open part of the crocs’ old private nesting habitat to fishing-doers. It happened, fittingly, on Thanksgiving Day. Their kind is out. Our kind is in. Did someone shout, “There goes the neighborhood!”?
Burmese python sightings are commonplace in southeast Florida, especially in the Everglades, but not so typically on water quality monitoring platforms at sea in Biscayne Bay.

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