All fish, minus opah and some tunas, are cold blooded. Thus, their body temperatures are regulated by the environment around them. Every fish species has an optimal temperature range — not only for survival, but also for growth and reproduction. ... READ MORE
For every one thousand sea turtle eggs that hatch, only about one hatchling will survive to become an adult.
That sobering statistic provides the title for a new book about sea turtles. One in a Thousand: Those Amazing Sea Turtles is a new ... READ MORE
Invert Trivia: What group of invertebrate species shares these three distinctive features? 1) A body with five-part symmetry; 2) an internal skeleton made of calcium carbonate; and 3) a water vascular system of fluid-filled vessels that manifests ... READ MORE
Stone crabs are feisty, fearsome predators, even cannibalistic! Two commercial species of stone crab coexist in the state of Florida, the Florida stone crab (Menippe mercenaria) and the Gulf stone crab (Menippe adina). These two crabs are managed ... READ MORE
Have you ever wondered what those foamy streaks of scum on the water are? Have you ever wondered why the bubbles seem to align themselves in streaks and not just cover the surface on windy days?
Those streaks or scum lines are due to a rather ... READ MORE
Catch and Release is an important conservation tool. Catch and release fishing helps to sustain native fish populations by allowing more fish to remain and reproduce in the ecosystem. This practice provides an opportunity for more people to ... READ MORE
What’s behind that big brown snout?
Hogfish, often called ‘hog snapper,’ are actually members of the wrasse family. They are harvested in the US from North Carolina to the Florida Keys. Spearing is the most common way to land a ... READ MORE