‘End Run Around the Endangered Species Act’ in Florida is overturned by a US court

Endangered Species Act – Florida Panther – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by jo Crebbin A federal court ruling on Thursday found that federal agencies violated the law when they permitted Florida’s right-wing government to take over wetlands permitting under former Republican President Donald Trump. This will restore “essential guardrails provided by the Endangered Species Act,”

An earthquake in Florida? Questionable but science gives way

Earthquake occurred near Merritt Island, home to Kennedy Space Center (Pictured) — Courtesy: Shutterstock — NaughtyNut Understandably, Floridians were dubious when they learned that Wednesday night’s earthquake occurred off the east coast. On Florida’s Space Coast, sonic booms, tremendous rumblings that can be heard almost 40 miles away when large rockets take off, and trailing

Red tide caused Florida to lose $2.7 billion in only one year

Red Tide algae bloom in the ocean – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Alfred Rowan Due to a decline in tourism, Florida’s poisonous red tide has resulted in losses of billions of dollars in just one year. According to a recent research by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management published in

Amidst an ongoing mortality crisis, about 1,000 manatees gathered at a record-breaking number at a Florida state park

Manatees Close-Up Portrait – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Andrea Izzotti Manatees in Florida have been fighting for their lives for the past few years, but a few days ago, the species provided a piece of more positive news from one state park. A few dozen miles north of Orlando, in Blue Springs State Park,

The largest known deep-sea coral reef, larger than Vermont, has been mapped off the coast of Florida

Coral reef – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Goinyk Production The largest coral reef in the world is located hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast of the United States, and scientists have mapped it. Although some coral has been known to exist off the Atlantic coast since the 1960s, its exact quantity was unknown

New study identifies several potential invasive species in Florida

Invasive species alert sign — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Image by: Jules Johnson A study headed by scientists at the University of Florida sought to identify species that might be invasive to the state.  The group of specialists examined 460 species, comprising scientists, government entities, and nonprofits. Based on their propensity to establish and proliferate throughout

After traveling 34,000 miles, a 1,400-pound great white shark makes an appearance off the coast of Florida on New Year’s Day

Great White Shark – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Martin Prochazkacz Off the shore of Daytona Beach, Florida, on New Year’s Day, a massive great white shark almost the size of a car was spotted. Since he was first tagged in Nova Scotia, researchers have been tracking the male shark, named Breton, who weighs over

A very uncommon white alligator is born in Gatorland

White alligator born in Gatorland (Not pictured) — Courtesy: Shutterstock — You Touch Pix of EuToch A Florida park with an alligator theme has given birth to an extremely uncommon kind of white alligator and is currently asking the public for suggestions on a name. The pale leucistic gator had just broken out of its

Records are broken by sea turtle nests on U.S. beaches in Florida

Sea turtle hatchlings on beach – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Julian Wiskemann Thousands of sea turtles have spent the last few months making the arduous journey from the ocean to beaches in the United States to deposit their eggs, just as they have done for millions of years. Despite mounting concerns about the challenges

A 198-pound Burmese python was captured in Florida after it battled five men

Burmese Python in the Everglades – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Heiko Kiera While scouting for pythons at Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve, conservationist Mike Elfenbein and his teenage son noticed the longest snake they had ever seen crawling across the gravel road.  Elfenbein told CBS News, “It was more than a snake; it was